Stephen Strasburg, Starting Pitcher, Washington Nationals, #37
Date of Birth: 7/20/1988
Birthplace: San Diego, California
College: San Diego State University
Current Salary: $18,333,333
Stephen Strasburg, starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals, was an outstanding player in high school and college. He pitched in the 2008 Olympics, helping the US team win a bronze medal. He was selected by the Nationals as the number one pick in the 2009 draft. In August, 2009, he signed a four-year, $15.1 million contract with the Nationals.
Strasburg played in the Nationals' minor league system in 2010 and 2011, finishing with an 8-3 record and a 1.90 ERA. He joined the Nationals for 12 games in 2010 and 5 games in 2011. His 2011 season was ended when he went on the DL and then had Tommy John surgery.
In 2012, Strasburg pitched 159.1 innings in 28 games. He finished the season with a 15-6 record, 197 strikeouts to 48 walks, and a 3.16 ERA. He won a Silver Slugger award for batting .277 with 13 hits and 4 doubles. In 2013, he had an 8-9 record with a 3.00 ERA.
Strasburg finished the 2014 season with a 14-11 record, a career high 242 strikeouts to 43 walks, and a 3.14 ERA in 215.0 innings in 34 games. In the postseason, he pitched 5.0 innings in one game and he gave up 8 hits and 2 runs.
Strasburg pitched in 23 games with the Nationals in 2015. He finished the season with an 11-7 record, 155 strikeouts to 26 walks, and a 3.46 ERA in 127.1 innings.
Strasburg signed a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with the Nationals on May 9, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with a 3.60 ERA, 15 wins to 4 losses, and 183 strikeouts to 44 walks in 147.2 innings in 24 games. He didn't pitch in the postseason.
Career pitching statistics for Strasburg through 2016 include:
- 156 games played
- 924.1 innings pitched
- 69-41 win-loss record
- 1,084 strikeouts to 236 walks
- 3.17 ERA
Strasburg and his wife Rachel were married on January 9, 2010.