Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg today was named to the 52nd Annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team. Strasburg was one of 11 players to earn the citation, which annually recognizes the premier rookies at each position on the field, as well as the top right-handed, left-handed and relief pitchers.
Strasburg went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts and led all major league starting pitchers with a 33.6 strikeout percentage (92 of 274 batters faced) in 2010. The 22-year-old posted 12.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, which would have led all big league starting pitchers had he accumulated enough innings to qualify (San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum paced qualifying pitchers at 9.8). Strasburg underwent season-ending Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery (right elbow) on September 3.
Strasburg is the third Nationals player cited as a Topps Major League Rookie All-Star, joining third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (2006) and left-handed pitcher John Lannan (2008).