30 Players in 30 Days: Drew Storen

Drew Storen


090909-161 drew storen c.JPGAs you might have read on “The Storen Identity”… Drew Storen is not Jason Bourne but he is special. He can’t fend off 30 people at once, dodge bullets or drive a car like Jeff Gordon during a high speed chase while weaving in and out of oncoming traffic. Well, he might be able to do all that… he doesn’t know. He hasn’t tried but don’t put it past him. He won’t need to if he continues to sit batters down the same way Bourne puts bad guys on their back. They are one in the same, two people extremely good at what they do. Storen saves games and Bourne saves humanity.

Storen is your typical 22-year-old that likes country music, NASCAR, twitter and rocking out as Chuck Norris on Halloween. He is just really good at baseball and that’s why the Nationals used their second first-round pick in this year’s draft to snag him. He signed the next day and began his climb through the Nationals Minor League ranks starting with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns. In 28 appearances between Hagerstown, Potomac and Harrisburg, Storen went 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA. The right-handed reliever struck out 49 and walked just eight batters over 37.0 innings holding batters to a .161 BAA. While many hoped to see Storen in the Majors during September call-ups, General Manager Mike Rizzo was keen on keeping him in the Minors and in the Instructional League.

“He needs more seasoning than that,” Rizzo said. “I don’t believe that it’s a positive developmental thing for him or any draft choice to come right to the Big Leagues. We like the progression he’s shown so far though.”

Instead, Storen was the stopper for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League in October and November. Storen pitched against the best Minor League talent from around the League and was teammates with fellow first round selection Stephen Strasburg. He was the sure-fire closer for the Desert Dogs and didn’t disappoint. The Desert Dogs lost in the championship game but Storen went 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA (1 ER/ 13.2 IP), 13 strikeouts and four saves in 12 games. 

While at Stanford University, Storen studied Product Design, a major that combines his creativity with engineering. Even with his Major League contract, he still plans to finish school and enjoys designing sportswear such as sneakers.

He is a rising star and could be the back end of the bullpen guy the Nats have been looking for since Chad Cordero.

 

Drew Storen Final Minor League Stats

W

L

ERA

SV

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HBP

BB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

2

1

1.95

11

0

37.0

21

8

8

2

2

8

49

.161

0.784

0.71

1 Comment

Drew Storen is just one of the baseball players who have it all. The looks, skills and brains. No wonder many would admire him. Having the skill to pitch right is really something. Just like the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup, Storen is been watched and cheered by so many fans and supporters. I hope his career will continue to grow and stay away from injuries. Good luck dude!

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