A National Wonder

Stephen Strasburg

As good as advertised.

That’s the best way to describe former San Diego State pitcher and number one draft pick Stephen Strasburg.

By now everyone knows that Strasburg can bring it, having been clocked at 102 mph a couple of times on the radar gun. But what many people may not know is that Strasburg is more than just a thrower, he is actually a pitcher.

In the Mountain West Conference tournament Strasburg showed just that, keeping 2nd seeded New Mexico off-balanced all game long en route to the 2-1 win. He allowed three singles and had six strikeouts before leaving in the eighth inning with back spasms.

Strasburg brought the heat when needed, hitting 99 mph a couple of times. But what was more impressive was how he kept the Lobos out of sync by mixing it up. Strasburg threw more off-speed stuff and was able to change speeds, and had control of everything he threw. New Mexico had no answer for that.

Heading into NCAA regional play, Strasburg was 13-0 with a 1.24 ERA and had 180 strikeouts in just 102 innings. There is no doubt that he is the most dominant pitcher college baseball has seen in years. It seems to be a no-brainer that the Washington Nationals selected him first overall in the MLB draft. But after watching him pitch in Fort Worth you can’t help but wonder if Strasburg will be taking the mound in Washington at some point this season. There’s no doubt he has the stuff and mentality to do just that.

Strasburg showed in the MWC tourney that he has the ability to be more than just a flamethrower, but a complete pitcher.

That is scary.

Written by C. James


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