Strasburg takes home NL's April pitching honor

Strasburg takes home NL's April pitching honor

Strasburg takes home NL's April pitching honor
While all eyes in the nation's capital have been on Bryce Harper lately, the Nationals' other prodigy was putting on a show of his own in April. Following an excellent start to the season, Stephen Strasburg was voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for April.

Strasburg went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA and an NL-leading 34 strikeouts over five April starts, walking only six batters in 32 innings. All five of the 23-year-old right-hander's outings were quality starts, and he allowed only four earned runs. This is the first monthly award of Strasburg's career.

"He might be out of innings by the All-Star break if I let him go to what he is capable of going to," Nationals manager Davey Johnson joked after Strasburg -- who is on a limit of 160 innings this season, his first full season following Tommy John surgery -- made his last start. "That's a cloud over me."

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft has posted the second-lowest ERA among qualifying Major League pitchers, and is tied for third with teammate Gio Gonzalez among NL strikeout leaders.

Strasburg's excellent April helped lead a dominant Washington pitching staff, the best in the Majors during the first month of the season. Nationals teammate Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 1.33 ERA) was among other pitchers receiving votes for the award.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.