Strasburg Strong in Fall League Debut

By Matthew Stabley
|  Sunday, Oct 18, 2009  |  Updated 3:15 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals fans have no horse running in the postseason, obviously -- they barely had one running in the regular season -- but it's still baseball season.

No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg looked strong in his brief Arizona Fall League debut Friday night, ESPN.com reported.

He threw 50 pitches -- 32 for strikes -- in facing 11 batters, striking out two for the Phoenix Desert Dogs. No runners reached second base.

"I'm obviously not going to rack up as many strikeouts here," he said. "This was definitely a positive night."

His 32 fastballs averaged 95 mph. He reached 98 mph once and 97 mph six times. Those fastballs set up his changeup, which two batters struck out on.

Strasburg signed a $15.1 million deal with Washington after going 13-1 for San Diego State last season.

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