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Stephen Strasburg
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Stephen Strasburg

2009, Washington Nationals

Pitcher, San Diego State

The 6'4" 220-pound right-hander signed a record $15.1 million, four-year contract with the Nationals after he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick, and he dazzled immediately. After posting a 1.43 ERA in 10 minor league starts, Strasburg made his major league debut in June 2010 with a 14-strikeout performance against the Pirates. He went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 K's in 12 starts but needed Tommy John surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in August 2010. He made just five starts in September the following season, posting a 1.50 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. In 2012, Strasburg continued his dominance in the majors. He is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in nine starts this season through May 23, 2012.

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