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Nats to receive No. 1 pick in '09 Draft

Nats to receive No. 1 pick in '09 Draft

PHILADELPHIA -- By having the worst record in Major League Baseball this season, the Nationals will receive the first overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

They also have the No. 9B selection after right-hander Aaron Crow, their first pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, decided not to sign.

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who plays for San Diego State, is considered by many to be the best player in the Draft. His fastball is in the 100-mph range, and he's the only college player to play on the U.S. Olympic baseball team in Beijing this year.

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Strasburg opened eyes on April 11, when he struck out 23 against the University of Utah at Tony Gwynn Stadium.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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