This is the story of Stephen Strasburg, a senior at San Diego State. A couple of years ago he was, “…a good 30 pounds overweight. He couldnâ€™t run a few laps without getting sick. He didnâ€™t know how to bench press. The schoolâ€™s conditioning coach nicknamed him â€œSlothburgâ€ and told him he ought to quit on the spot.” (Steve Henson, Yahoo! Sports)
But Strasburg’s coach, Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn, stuck with him and was rewarded with his pitcher’s emergence as one of the most dominating pitchers in college baseball today. He now can throw a fastball as fast as 103 mph. (The all-time record is 104.8 (Baseball Almanac).)
In a recent game against Utah, he struck out 23 batters (there are only 27 outs in a game). Here’s a video of each strikeout…it takes awhile, but if you like to watch good pitchers, it’s worth the time.
Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports wrote a nice article on the kid – “Strasburg is on the all-time fastest track” – it’s worth a read.