Tanner Cantrell of Houston recently met San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who was selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals.
Cantrell was playing in the Road to Omaha 12U baseball tournament in Nebraska. His team also attended the College World Series.
Considered one of the most talented prospects in the MLB draft’s 45-year history, Strasburg features a blazing fastball that’s been clocked at 102 mph. He went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA this season for San Diego State, leading the Aztecs to their first postseason berth since 1991.
Strasburg leads Division I pitchers with 195 strikeouts in 109 innings this year, and was the only amateur on the U.S. Olympic team that won a bronze medal in Beijing last summer. He struck out 23 in a game against Utah last season and threw a no-hitter with 17 Ks against Air Force this year.