A Louisville Slugger and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-America selection after completing a stellar 2008 season that culminated in his inclusion on the bronze-medal winning U.S. Olympic Team ... Named the 2009 preseason national player of the year as a member of the Louisville Slugger All-American team ... Became the first college player to be named to the U.S. team since the decision was made to use minor leaguers beginning in 2000 ... Was SDSU's number-one starter as a sophomore after emerging as one of the top closers in the west as a true freshman ... Named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and a Ping Freshman All-American in his first season at SDSU (2007) ... Selected the Mountain West Conference co-Freshman of the Year ... Played for the Torrington Twisters of the New England Collegiate Baseball League in summer 2007 ... Made 13 relief appearances, compiling mark of 1-0 with seven saves and 1.29 ERA ... Named league's top reliever and top pro prospect as well as first-team all-league closer ... Started exhibition contest vs. Team USA, allowing no hits and striking out seven in three innings ... Was invited to join Team USA for its series vs. Chinese Taipei (June 29-July 3) ... Made two appearances in that series, striking out four in five innings and picking up one save and a 1.80 ERA ... Competed for the San Diego Show Connie Mack team during summer 2006 ... Member of the Orange County (Calif.) Braves in a fall scout league in 2005 ... Played for the San Diego Prospects under-18 team during summers of 2003-05.
USA NATIONAL TEAMS 2008
Member of the Team USA (collegiate national team) that went 24-0 during a series of international contests on the east coast and played in Europe during summer 2008 ... Team won the Haarlem Baseball Week tournament in the Netherlands and the FISU World Collegiate Championships in the Czech Republic ... In seven appearances with Team USA, went 4-0 with a 0.88 earned run average, striking out 62 and walking seven over 41 innings ... In the semi-final of both European tournaments, defeated Chinese-Taipei and did not allow a run over a total of 14 innings in those contests ... Threw seven innings of no-hit ball against Korea, striking out 13, in the round robin portion of the FISU tournament ... As a member of the Olympic team in Beijing, started contest against the Netherlands, allowing one hit over seven innings while striking out 11 to pick up the win ... In the semifinal, got the start against Cuba, going four innings and giving up three runs while striking out five ... Stats over his two appearances in Beijing included a record of 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2008
Consensus All-American after standout 2008 campaign ... Named Mountain West Conference pitcher of the year ... A semifinalist for both the Roger Clemens Award and the Dick Howser Trophy ... Second in the nation in strikeouts and third in earned run average and strikeouts per nine innings ... Also sixth in the country in hits allowed per nine innings (5.64) ... Tossed a pair of one-hitters and a two-hitter during the season ... Named the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week seven times this season including five weeks in a row ... Struck out 23 batters in the win over Utah on April 11, tying for the third-most ever in a college game and the most since the 1981 season ... That performance set new San Diego State and Mountain West Conference single-game records ... The game marked the second of six consecutive starts in which he reached double figures in strikeouts ... During that string of contests he allowed only two runs (one earned) over 55 innings (from March 20 to May 8) ... Walked more than one batter in a game only three times in 13 starts ... Strikeout-to-walk ratio of over 8-to-1 (133 K's, 16 BB's) ... His final 0.63 earned run average in conference games broke the previous MWC record of 1.12 by TCU's Jake Arrieta in 2006 ... His 90 strikeouts in league contests also broke the old mark of 78 set by former Aztec Marcos Mendoza in 2001 ... Opponent batting average of .136 in MWC games shattered the mark of .221 held by former SDSU pitcher Bruce Billings (2006) ... His 133 total strikeouts set a new SDSU record, breaking the old mark of 122 set by Rob Brown in 1989 ... His 180 strikeouts over the past two seasons ranks 15th on the Aztec all-time career list .. Was named an amateur Star of the Month by the San Diego Hall of Champions for April ... Also selected one of San Diego's Amateur Stars of the Year by the Hall of Champions ... Home run he allowed in the first inning at Cal State Fullerton on May 15 was only one he has given up in two seasons as a collegiate pitcher.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2007
Earned second-team all-MWC honors, the only freshman in the conference to be named to the all-league squad ... His seven saves tied for seventh-most in a season by an SDSU pitcher ... Of his 25 appearances, 16 were one-inning stints, while six others were two innings or less ... Longest outing came in regular-season finale when he tossed five innings in the 13-inning loss to BYU ... Season-high six strikeouts in that contest ... Averaged well over a strikeout an inning with 47 Ks in 37 innings... Recorded at least one strikeout in 23 of his 25 appearances ... Opponents hit just .141 against him (18-for-128) with four extra-base hits (all doubles) ... Of the 10 earned runs he allowed in 2007, four came in one inning against USC ... Discarding that outing, his season earned run average would have been 1.50 ... Other than that USC game, he gave up more that one earned run in only one other contest (vs. TCU April 27) ... Named MWC Pitcher of the Week on April 8 after picking up a win and a save in two games against New Mexico on April 5-6 ... Named Star of the Month for April by the San Diego Hall of Champions ... During that month, recorded a win and three saves with a 2.38 earned run average ... In league play, had a 2.04 earned run average , walking eight and striking out 22 in 17.1 innings.
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at West Hills High School in Santee, Calif. ... Played under coach Scott Hopgood ... During his senior season, finished with a 1.68 earned run average ... Struck out 74 batters in 62.1 innings pitched ... Tossed seven complete games ... His ERA and shutout total set school records, while his strikeouts and inning pitched ranked third-most all time at West Hills High ... Named second-team all-Grossmont League North and team MVP ... West Hills HS 2006 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Stephen James Strasburg was born July 20, 1988, in San Diego, Calif. ... Son of Jim Strasburg and Kathleen Swett ... Both parents attended San Diego State ... Enjoys playing golf ... Favorite athlete is San Diego Padre pitcher Jake Peavy ... Was also recruited by Arizona State, Arizona, UNLV, Stanford, Yale and Harvard ... A public administration major at San Diego State.