Stephen Strasburg is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Strasburg was selected by Washington with the first overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.
West Hills High School in Santee, California, is where Strasburg went to high school. It wasn’t easy for him at first, with a 1–10 record in his junior year on the school’s baseball team.
In his senior year, Strasburg threw a twelve-strikeout game against El Capitan High School, in which he allowed only one hit.
Seven complete games in his senior year helped him finish with an earned run average (ERA) of 1.68, with 74 strikeouts in 62+13 innings thrown.
To top it all off, the 2006 Scholar-Athlete of the Year earned three varsity letters and set school records for ERA and shutouts.
He was also selected to the league’s second team and was voted the squad’s MVP. Because of this, he was overlooked in the Major League Baseball draft of that year.
Strasburg had aspirations of attending Stanford University, but he was turned down by that institution. San Diego State University, where both of his parents had been students, offered him a scholarship, but he turned it down.
Tony Gwynn was the coach of the San Diego State Aztecs, where he played college baseball.
Stephen Strasburg Parents: Meet Jim Strasburg and Kathleen Swett
Baseball pitcher Stephen Strasburg was born to his parents Jim Strasburg (father) and Kathleen Swett (mother). Stephen’s father is a real estate developer, and Kathleen Swett Strasburg is a dietician.