June 9, 2009
The Washington Nationals are in need of a jump start, and the club hopes that it might start with Tuesday's first overall pick in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Washington selected Stephen Strasburg, who is one of the most highly touted pitchers in college baseball history.
Strasburg was expected to go number one in the draft and the Nats made that official. The right hander put together one of the most impressive seasons in college baseball history, finishing with a 13-1 record in 15 starts, and boasts a 1.32 ERA, which is good enough to lead the nation. Strasburg also has 195 total strikeouts, which also ranks number one in the NCAA, and averages 16.1 strikeouts per contest.
With the organization struggling, many speculate that Strasburg will be with the big club for part of this season.
Several ACC players heard their names called in the first round of Tuesday's draft. North Carolina's Dustin Ackley was taken second by the Seattle Mariners. Pittsburgh took Boston College catcher Jorge Sanchez with the fourth overall pick. Tar Heel pitcher Alex White went 15th overall to the Indians.
Tune into CBS19 on Wednesday for all your latest draft information regarding Cavalier players who get selected by major league teams.