Stephen Strasburg: Flamethrower

Washington Nationals uneconomical prospect Stephen Strasburg's first professional pitch hit 99 mph to kick off 3.1 scoreless innings in his Arizona Fall League debut Friday night.

The 21-year-old righty, who signed a ridiculous, record $15.1 million, four-year deal with the Nationals after the June draft, surrendered just two base hits and a walk, fanning two for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in their 7-4 win over the Scotsdale Scorpions.
"I love to go out there and compete, and it was great to be able to do that," Strasburg said.
He threw just 50 pitches --32 for strikes -- a limit set by the Nats... they don't want to break him, I guess. He's expected make five starts for the Dogs, with his next coming on Thursday.

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