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BP Daily: How to hit Stephen Strasburg

Four college players, successful against the ace, tell their stories.

Originally Published: May 13, 2009
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Even though the MLB draft isn't until June 9-10, you might be a bit overloaded on Stephen Strasburg at this point. (Here is video of Keith Law's take on the phenom.) How many times can one write about the perfect frame, the triple-digit heat and the plus-plus breaking ball?

With platitude after platitude getting thrown out there -- is he the best college pitcher of the decade? Best amateur pitcher ever? Major league-ready? -- it's important to note that Strasburg is mortal. He's given up 13 runs this year, and 12 of them were earned. There have been 48 hits off him this year, including -- believe it or not -- three home runs. So what's the secret? How does one homer off of the Next Big Thing? To find out, I tracked down the three players who have taken Strasburg deep this year, as well as the one player with three base knocks against him.