Originally written on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 2/5/13
Nationals-pitcher-stephen
Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez until Spring Training. Enjoy. Stephen Strasburg was one of the hottest topics in baseball throughout the 2012 season because of his controversial innings limit, but he didn’t waste the innings he was given. Of his 28 starts for the Nationals last season, Strasburg made 20 quality starts (pitching at least six innings and allowing no more than three runs). He finished with a 3.16 ERA, a .230 batting average against, and a 1.15 WHIP. He had the highest strikeout rate on the Nationals staff (11.3 per nine innings), and his 197 strikeouts ranked seventh in the National League.  For much of the early part of the season, he and Gio Gonzalez were battling each other for the first- and second-most strikeouts in the NL, contributing to the Nationals pitching staff being nicknamed “K Street.” His early-season dominance won him the title of NL Pitcher of the Month for April, and earned him a spot on the 2012 All-Star Game roster, but his biggest award was not one you would quickly associate with a flame-throwing right-hander. With as much hype as has surrounded this pitcher since the Nationals drafted him in 2009, no one expected that his first major award would be for hitting. But he surprised everyone by winning the 2012 Silver Slugger for National League pitchers. He finished the season with an offensive slash line that could easily be attributed to a middle of the lineup hitter: .277/.333/.426. In 47 at-bats, he struck out just 13 times, and hit one home run and four doubles. Yes, those numbers come from a small sample size because he is a pitcher, but I was I was graced with the opportunity to see the man take batting practice from the field, and trust me, it was incredible. Next Year: Strasburg was shut down after just 159.1 innings last season, but many in the Nationals organization are hopeful that he will reach 200 innings in 2013. In his first full major league season with no innings limit, there will be no limit on Strasburg’s potential to rock Washington. If he pitches even better than he did in 2012, which is likely now that he is over two years removed from his Tommy John surgery, you will be hearing his name in the Cy Young conversation. Up Next: #38 Michael Morse, “The Beast”
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Aroldis Chapman unlikely to be traded

Mets’ trade for Carlos Gomez called off despite reports

Report: Rangers to acquire Cole Hamels from the Phillies

WATCH: Tulo hits first home run with Blue Jays

NFLPA officially files Brady lawsuit, wants QB to play Week 1

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mariota’s lack of red flags was a concern for NFL teams

Tigers 'rebooting,' make David Price available in trade

Jerry Jones backs Roger Goodell amid Deflategate controversy

Brady, agent contacted AT&T in attempt to retrieve deleted texts

Report: Chancellor 'strongly considering a camp holdout'

Colts become favorites to win AFC with Brady suspended

Revis won't wear Super Bowl ring around Jets teammates

Former NBAer Vin Baker now works at Starbucks

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Mike Leach compares Deflategate to Kardashians

All Panthers home games will also be broadcast in Spanish

Giants owner calls Pierre-Paul debacle ‘very disappointing’

Panthers WR cited for marijuana paraphernalia, had child in car

Bruins-Canadiens Winter Classic details announced

Jay Bruce and Carlos Gonzalez: Twin trade chips

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Canseco will live as a woman to support Caitlyn Jenner

Giants owner says nobody from team has seen JPP's hand

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians calls Jen Welter a 'trailblazer'

Mets still act like a small-market team

Tom Brady: I did nothing wrong

NFL upholds Tom Brady's suspension, legal battle likely

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker