Storen with the Washington Nationals in 2015
|Cincinnati Reds – No. 31|
August 11, 1987 |
|May 17, 2010, for the Washington Nationals|
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||3.31|
Drew Patrick Storen (born August 11, 1987) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Washington Nationals selected him with the 10th overall selection in the 2009 MLB draft, and he played for the team from 2010 to 2015. In 2016, Storen was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, and later to the Seattle Mariners.
Storen attended Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Indiana. Playing for the school's baseball team, Storen had 30 wins, 319 strikeouts, and a 1.55 earned run average (ERA) over his high school career including a 9–0 win-loss record as a sophomore in 2005, en route to a Brownsburg State Championship. He was named first-team all-state in 2006 and 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.
Storen enrolled at Stanford University to play college baseball for the Stanford Cardinal. Over two seasons at Stanford, Storen went 12–4 with a 3.64 ERA and 15 saves. In 99 innings, he allowed 43 runs (40 earned) on 87 hits with 23 walks and 116 strikeouts. In both seasons he made the First All-Pac-10 Conference team.
The Nationals selected Storen with the tenth overall pick of the 2009 MLB draft, which they received as compensation for failure to sign 2008 MLB draft 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 Advanced-A 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 Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League. In 12 1⁄3 innings with Harrisburg, he did not allow an earned run.
Storen started the 2010 season at Double-A and by the end of April was promoted to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs after seven appearances in which he pitched 9 1⁄3 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 55 1⁄3 innings over 54 games, finishing with a 4–4 record and a 3.58 ERA with five saves.
In 2011, Storen became the team's closer. He pitched 75 1⁄3 innings over 73 games, finishing the year with a 6–3 record with 43 saves and a 2.75 ERA. He tied for fourth in the MLB in 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 posted a 3–1 win–loss with a 2.37 ERA, 4 saves, and 24 strikeouts over 30 1⁄3 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 were eliminated. 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.
Prior to the 2013 season, 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 took on the roles of a middle relief and setup man. He was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse in late July following several rough outings. Storen returned to the Nationals in July and finished the season strong, with scoreless outings in 18 of his final 21 appearances. In 2013, he posted a 4–2 record, 4.52 ERA, and 58 strikeouts in 61 2⁄3 innings pitched.
Storen bounced back nicely in 2014, recording a career-best 1.12 ERA in 56 1⁄3 innings pitched. After giving up 31 earned runs in 68 appearances during the prior season, he surrendered just seven in 65 outings during the 2014 campaign.
Storen relinquished his closer role to Jonathan Papelbon when the Nationals acquired him from Philadelphia before the trade deadline. He struggled as the Nationals' setup man, ending with two disastrous outings against the New York Mets in early September. After giving up the go ahead runs on a homer by Yoenis Céspedes, Storen broke his thumb by slamming a locker shut in frustration, ending his season. He went 2–2 with a 3.44 ERA for the year but was 0–2 with a 9.22 ERA following the Papelbon trade.
Toronto Blue Jays
On January 8, 2016, Storen was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere and a player to be named later. He avoided salary arbitration with Toronto on January 15, when he agreed to a one-year, $8.375 million contract. After posting a 6.21 ERA in 33 1⁄3 innings pitched, Storen was designated for assignment on July 24.
On July 26, 2016, Storen was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Joaquín Benoit. The Mariners were Storen's childhood favorite team, as he idolized Ken Griffey, Jr. Storen appeared in 19 games for the Mariners, pitching 18 1⁄3 innings and attaining a 3-0 record with a 3.44 ERA.
On January 3, 2017, Storen signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The contract includes an additional $1.5 million in incentives, and a $500,000 assignment bonus if Storen is traded.
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.
Storen is the son of sportscaster Mark Patrick and Pam Storen, and has a sister named Lindsay. He is also related to sports executive Mike Storen and his daughter, sportscaster Hannah Storm.
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