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2014 Stats: 18 GS, 7-6, 3.53 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 131 SO, 24 BB, 112.1 IP
The Washington Nationals are stacked all over the field, but Stephen Strasburg is the future of this team.
An elite prospect coming up, he has been as good as advertised. For his five-year career, he has a 3.08 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.5 K/9.
The Nationals have many high-quality pieces, including Bryce Harper, Gio Gonzalez, Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman. But the 25-year-old Strasburg wins out due to his youth, talent, consistency and upside.
Ironically, he is a potential All-Star even during one of the worst seasons of his career. He has given up 116 hits in 112.1 innings, which is a drastic increase from last season. But he still has a 3.53 ERA, 24 walks allowed and a league-leading 131 strikeouts, which have helped limit the damage.
In time, once Strasburg’s hit rate returns to normal for him, he will remind everyone why he is one of the most electric pitchers in baseball, as well as the most indispensable player on the Nationals.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.