Stephen was the only collegiate freshman to make the Second-Team All Mountain West Conference during his time at San Diego State University.
Nearly the end of his freshman year in college, Stephen worked out harder than ever and lost 20 pounds before the end of that year's baseball season.
Despite offers from several schools, Stephen chose to attend San Diego State University. Both of his parents were SDSU alumni.
During his freshman year of college, a lazy Stephen Strasburg moved back from his dorm to his home and family. At one point, he considered dropping out of school and getting a job at Lowe's.
When he arrived to college out of shape, he was nicknamed "Slothburg".
Stephen first talked scouts out of checking him out. He wanted to lose weight before he was scouted by professional baseball teams.
Stephen set a school baseball record in ERA his senior year of high school.
Stephen had an issue with his appetite during high school as he weighed nearly 250 pounds.
Stephen could already throw a 90-miles-per-hour fastball by high school. He said his hardest challenge was learning to control it.
Stephen was a starter for his high school'svarsity baseball team starting with his sophomore year.
Stephen's favorite MLB player growing up was Tony Gwynn.
When he started practicing pitching, his grandmother served as his first catcher.
Stephen's father was a real estate developer, and his mom: adietitian.