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Stephen Strasburg will grace cover of next Beckett Baseball by Chris Olds

Stephen Strasburg had another dominating performance on Wednesday night in Rochester, N.Y., striking out nine batters in 6 1/3 scoreless innings in just his third start for triple-A Syracuse.

For the season, he’s 6-1 and he hasn’t given up a run in his last 17 2/3 innings while striking out 20 — all stats that will undoubtedly keep his newly released 2010 Bowman autograph cards scorching hot in anticipation of his big-league debut.

It goes without saying that he’s appearing more than primed for a call-up very soon — one where fans will quite possibly see him starting in Washington, D.C. for the first time on June 4.

But readers of Beckett Baseball won’t have to wait that long as he’s slated to appear on the cover of the next issue (No. 53) that arrives in hobby shops beginning next week.

The cover story focuses on powerful pitchers — perhaps still an overlooked segment of the hobby these days — with San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum, Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay and the New York Yankees’ CC Sabathia sharing the front cover.

The back cover, though, belongs solely to only one pitcher — perhaps the most dominating power pitcher so far this season, Strasburg.

In the issue, collectors also will have the chance to win one of three boxes of red-hot 2010 Bowman baseball cards as well, so there are a few reasons to keep an eye out for the issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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