It's official: Nationals select Strasburg with first pick

The Nationals got their future ace.

Taking the player at the top of every scouting chart, Washington selected San Diego State right-hander Stephen Strasburg with the first overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.

The Nationals feel strongly that Strasburg can make an immediate impact in their rotation, maybe joining their Major League roster as early as September, and have made no secret that he would be their choice.

If he is promoted to the big leagues this year, Strasburg will become the third pitcher in baseball history to be drafted No. 1 and play in the Majors in the same season. Rangers left-hander David Clyde was the first in 1973, while right-hander Ben McDonald pulled the trick with the Orioles in 1989.

The Nationals’ decision marks the seventh time in eight years that the Nationals/Expos franchise has taken a pitcher in the first round.

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