Strasburg was one of the most hyped prospects ever—the San Diego State product had a 100-mph fastball and had just won the National Pitcher of the Year Award—when he was selected first in the 2009 MLB Draft. The right-hander made his MLB debut in June 2010, striking out 14 batters in seven innings to set a new team record, and giving Nationals fans hope they could make the playoffs for the first time since moving from Montreal. In what shaped up to be a promising rookie season, Strasburg posted a strong 2.91 ERA over 12 starts.
But in late August 2010, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament, requiring Tommy John surgery. Strasburg missed most of 2011, but returned from the surgery just as strong—he won 15 games in 2012 and in 2014 he struck out a whopping 242 batters in 215 innings pitched. Strasburg’s comeback has been a hugely successful one: In 2016, he signed a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals.
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