The Washington Nationals selected Strasburg first overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft on June 9, 2009.
He signed a record-breaking four-year, $15.1 million contract with the Nationals on August 17, 2009, only 77 seconds before the deadline, surpassing the previous dollar-amount record of $10.5 million set by Mark Prior in 2001. Scott Boras, the agent for Strasburg, is his representative.
On October 16, 2009, Strasburg made his professional debut at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, starting for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.
He was chosen to play in the league’s Rising Stars Showcase, but owing to a slight neck ailment, he was unable to do so.
He was also named Pitcher of the Week for the week of November 2, 2009, and he led the AFL in wins with four.
Baseball America ranked Strasburg as the top pitching prospect and the second-best overall prospect behind Jason Heyward before the 2010 season began.
For the 2010 season, Strasburg was assigned to the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League.
There were around 70 credentialed media members in attendance at Strasburg’s April 11, 2010 debut, and ESPN nationally broadcast portions of the game.
In five innings of work against the Altoona Curve, he gave up four hits and four runs (one earned) while striking out eight batters.
On April 16, in his first home start, he gave up two hits and an unearned run in 2+13 innings in a defeat to the New Britain Rock Cats, albeit his innings were cut short due to a rain delay.
Is Stephen Strasburg Still Playing Baseball?
Stephen Strasburg is still playing Baseball. He currently has a 7-years contract worth $245,000,000 with the Washington Nationals.