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|Washington Nationals – No. 22|
August 11, 1987 |
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Right|
|May 17, 2010 for the Washington Nationals|
(through 2013 season)
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Drew Patrick Storen (born August 11, 1987) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. The Nationals selected the 6'1", 170 lb. right-hander No. 10 overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He was also drafted by the New York Yankees in the 34th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft but did not sign, opting instead to attend Stanford University.
Storen had 30 wins, 319 strikeouts and a 1.55 earned run average over his high school career including a 9-0 record as a sophomore in 2005 en route to a Brownsburg State Championship, and a team record of 35-0. His list of accomplishments at Brownsburg High School include first-team all-state in 2006 & 2007, as well as all-state honorable mention in 2005 by the Associated Press, the 2007 Hendricks County Flyer Athlete of the Year, three-time first-team All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference selection (2005–2007), first-team All-Metro West three times by the Indianapolis Star (2005–2007), their Super team in 2006 and 2007 and was their Metro-West High School Player of the Year in 2007. He participated in the 2007 Indiana North-South All-Star Game, and was a state nominee for the 2006 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. He was ranked 49th among the 2007 Top 100 High School prospects by Baseball America. He was a teammate of fellow major league pitcher Lance Lynn.
Over two seasons at Stanford University, Storen was 12-4 with a 3.64 earned run average and fifteen saves. In 99 innings, Storen allowed 43 runs (40 earned) on 87 hits with 23 walks and 116 strikeouts. In both seasons he made the First All-Pac-10 team. While attending Stanford, Storen was a brother of Delta Tau Delta fraternity
The Nationals selected Storen with the tenth pick, which they received as compensation for failure to sign 2008 first-round pick Aaron Crow. Storen, expressing a desire to make it to the majors as quickly as possible, signed with the Nationals the next day. Upon signing, Storen was assigned to the Class A Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League. Storen made an early and strong impact during his time with the Suns, and on July 19 he was called up to the Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League. Storen made his first pitching appearance with Potomac on July 21, earning a six out save, striking out three batters and allowing only one hit. Overall, Storen posted a 1.80 ERA in seven games with Potomac to earn a promotion to the AA Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League. In 12.1 innings with Harrisburg, Storen did not allow an earned run.
Storen started the 2010 season at AA and by the end of April was promoted to the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs after seven appearances in which he pitched 9.1 innings, allowing only one run, striking out 11 and walking one, earning four saves. He lasted at Syracuse just three weeks, in which he made six appearances allowing just one earned run before getting promoted to the Nationals on May 16.
Storen made his major league debut on May 17, 2010 against the St. Louis Cardinals, retiring two batters in ⅔ of an inning. Storen recorded his first major league save on August 6, 2010 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2010, he pitched 55⅓ innings over 54 games, finishing with a 4-4 record and a 3.58 ERA with five saves.
Prior to the 2012 season, Storen had surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow, and missed the first 89 games of the season. He made his season debut on July 19, 2012. Tyler Clippard remained the Nationals' closer after Storen's return, though they shared the role later in the season. In the 2012 regular season, Storen was 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA, 4 saves, and 24 strikeouts over 30⅓ innings.
Storen took on the closer role for the 2012 National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Nationals' first playoff appearance since the team moved to Washington. He got the save in Game 1 and the win in Game 4. In Game 5, Storen took the mound with a 7-5 lead, needing three outs to send the Nationals to the National League Championship Series. After giving up a leadoff double, he retired the next two batters. He was one strike away from the third out against both Yadier Molina and David Freese, but walked both to load the bases. Storen then gave up a two-run single to Daniel Descalso to tie the game. Manager Davey Johnson elected to have Storen pitch to Pete Kozma with the pitcher on deck; Storen allowed a two-run single to Kozma to give the Cardinals a 9-7 lead. The Nationals lost the game 9-7 and thus the series. Storen's blown save, in which he had the Cardinals down to their final strike on five different occasions, was described by teammates as "devastating" and he was said to be in "excruciating" mental pain after the loss; several teammates voiced support for him.
In the 2012-2013 offseason, the Nationals signed Rafael Soriano to be their closer, a move which Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo asserted had nothing to do with Storen's blown save in Game 5. Storen has taken on the roles of a middle relief and setup man. Through 42⅓ innings pitched in 2013, he is 3-2 with a 5.95 ERA and two saves. Storen was optioned to Class AAA Syracuse on July 26 following several rough outings.
Storen throws three pitches in roughly equal proportion: a hard four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball that each range from 94 to 98 MPH, and a sharp slider from 82 to 86. Right-handed hitters see the slider more often, and left-handed hitters see the two-seamer more often. Storen often relies on the slider with two strikes. On rare occasions, he has used a changeup against lefties.
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