If you couldn’t already tell from the way MLB, Fox, and TBS advertise Stephen Strasburg starts, he’s a pretty marketable player.
Now comes validation from SportsBusiness Daily, who say Strasburg is the fourth-most marketable player and most marketable pitcher in MLB.
With less than a year of professional starts, the young ace has already topped the list of best-selling jerseys in the league and sold more jerseys than any other player on the Nationals. Ever.
The list is chock-full of obvious with Derek Jeter sitting at number one, while Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Strasburg and Ryan Howard round out the top five. That’s right, Strasburg is considered more marketable than former MVPs Howard and Alex Rodriquez.
It became legend when Strasburg took the mound and struck out 14 in his first professional start, and it continues to grow as he continues to develop as a pitcher (and marketing tool for the Nationals franchise).
Next, we’d like to take a look into the year 2013 and see where Strassy sits on a list like this one.
The rest of SportsBusiness Daily’s list of marketable MLB athletes:
1. Yankees SS Derek Jeter
2. Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols
3. Twins C Joe Mauer
4. Nationals P Stephen Strasburg
5. Phillies 1B Ryan Howard
6. Rays 3B Evan Longoria
7. Giants P Tim Lincecum
8. Mets 3B David Wright
9. Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez
t10. Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia
t10. Angels CF Torii Hunter