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Nationals select pitcher Strasburg first in MLB draft

SECAUCUS, N.J. - The Washington Nationals have selectedpitcher Stephen Strasburg with the first pick in baseball's amateurdraft.

Considered one of the most talented prospects in the event's45-year history, Strasburg went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA this seasonfor San Diego State, leading the Aztecs to their first postseasonberth since 1991.

Featuring a fastball that has been clocked at 102 mph, Strasburgled Division I pitchers with 195 strikeouts in 109 innings. He wasthe only amateur on the U.S. Olympic baseball team that won abronze medal last summer.

Signing the right-hander could be a challenge for the Nationals,however, because agent Scott Boras is sure to seek a recordcontract.

Washington also has the 10th pick in Tuesday night's draft.


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