Stephen Strasburg a San Diego native that attended West Hills High School and San Diego State University. He was the consensus top player in the 2009 draft. The Padres had a shot at getting that top pick, but ended up sweeping the Washington Nationals late in the season to essentially secure that they wouldn't. The Nationals ended up selecting Strasburg #1 overall and the Padres with the #3 pick took Donavan Tate.
Strasburg spent very little time in the minors and upon arriving in the big leagues starting drawing crowds for his starts. Even though the Nationals were very careful with his starts and pitch counts he still suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. He has since returned and looks to still fulfill all the expectations that people have of him.