Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals right-hander who captivated the baseball world for two months before tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, was named to baseball’s All-Rookie Team this morning, becoming one of 11 players to earn the honor. The team recognizes one player at each position, as well as the top right-handed and left-handed starters and the top reliever.
Strasburg went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 12.2 batters per nine innings. That figure would have led baseball had he thrown enough innings, but Strasburg’s last pitch came on Aug. 21 in Philadelphia. His season would officially end the next week, when an MRI revealed he would need Tommy John surgery.
The 22-year-old is the third Nationals player to make the team, following Ryan Zimmerman in 2006 and John Lannan in 2008.