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The Storen Identity – 12/1

Drew Storen, 22, might be done playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League but he isn’t done writing for Notes for NatsTown. Be sure to follow the tenth overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft as he writes for Notes from NatsTown and gives you an inside, behind-the-scenes look at his climb to the Major Leagues. Here is his post…


Welcome back, it’s good to be back blogging again. I have a little more time now that I am home celebrating the holidays, an undefeated Colts team and the return of Stanford football back in my hometown of Brownsburg, Indiana. It is great to be home and nice to relax after the Arizona Fall League, although I am already excited for Spring Training and gearing up for that.


Now that I am a week out of the fall league, it is easy to look back and see what a great time I had playing down there. It’s tough to complain about playing in such a beautiful place against the top competition. I was a little sad we came up short in the last game, but that’s just how things go. It was an unforgettable experience and I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to go down there and compete. Wearing the Nationals uniform was pretty awesome, and it was also very cool seeing the Big League unis for every other team.


Storen060208_01KT.jpgAs for the offseason, I am concentrating on actively resting my body and getting ready to build it back up for Spring Training. I believe this blog will be ongoing throughout the offseason, so keep an eye out if you want to hear what I am up to! I will be heading down to Viera on Wednesday and then to Stanford next week to visit some old friends so it should be exciting! As usual, feel free to tweet at me or leave a comment on what you would like to hear about
HERE. Also, Collin Balester is now on Twitter and is a great follow, so check him out at


30 Players in 30 Days: Collin Balester

Collin Balester

colin ballester1.JPGAfter making his Major League debut last season, Collin Balester saw just over a month of action for the Nationals this year. He came up to replace the injured Jordan Zimmermann on July 22nd and was sent back down to make room for Livan Hernandez on August 26th. In that time, Bally made seven starts, going 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA. The highlight of the season for Ballester was his win over Milwaukee on July 28th. In that game, he pitched 6.0 innings giving up two runs on five hits and throwing a season high 93 pitches.

collin balester2.JPGThe 23 year-old right-hander from Huntington Beach, Calif., also went 7-10 with a 4.44 ERA in 20 starts with Triple-A Syracuse this year. His best month was June where he went 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA over five starts.

 The former Futures Game Selection is perennially one of the Nationals’ top prospects and could be a candidate to fill a key role in the Nationals pitching rotation in the future. In 2007 and 2008 Baseball America ranked him the No. 1 then No. 3 prospect, respectively, in the Nationals farm system. On July 1, 2008, Balester became the first Nationals pitcher to win his debut when he gave up one hit and struck out three in 5.0 innings against the Marlins.

Balester is an avid surfer and credits surfing for helping him build arm strength. This offseason should be an exciting one, as he is planning to marry his fiancé, Ashley Sterling, in October.

Collin Balester Final Major League Stats



































Balester makes first start in 2009



Shumaker – 4

Rasmus – 8

Derosa – 3

Ludwick – 9

Ankiel – 7

Molina – 2

Thurston – 5

Ryan – 6

Wainwright – 1 (RHP, 10-6, 3.01)



Morgan – 8

Guzman – 6

Zimmerman – 5

Dunn – 7

Johnson – 3

Willingham – 9

Gonzalez – 4

Bard – 2

Balester – 1 (RHP, No Stats for 2009)



Did You Know: The Nationals three games against the Mets earlier this week lasted 2:16, 2:09 and 2:20. It was the first three game series in which every game lasted 2:20 or less since July 9-11, 2004, when the White Sox swept Seattle in a three game series (2:17, 2:13 and 2:19) at U.S. Cellular Field.


The Nationals current rotation of John Lannan (57 career starts), Collin Balester (15), Craig Stammen (12), Garrett Mock (4) and J.D. Martin (one) have combined for just 89 career starts.


Balester is Back: The Nats placed right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on the 15-Day Disabled List with right elbow discomfort and recalled right-handed pitcher Collin Balester from Triple-A Syracuse. Tonight’s game will be only the eighth game since the All-Star break but J.D. Martin, Garrett Mock and now Collin Balester have started a game for the Nationals. All three were pitching for the Syracuse Chiefs at the break.


balester 1.jpgBalester is starting tonight in the makeup game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 23-year-old went 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA in his last 12 starts with Syracuse. Over that period, he posted 41 strikeouts and a .274 batting average against in 69.1 innings. Overall, Balester went 7-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 19 Triple-A starts. Rated the top prospect in the Nationals organization by Baseball America entering the 2007 season, Balester went 3-7 with a 5.51 ERA in 15 starts with Washington last season.


Zimmermann, 23, is 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts this season. He ranks in the top ten among NL rookies in the following categories with 92 strikeouts (first), 16 starts (second), 91.1 innings (fourth), three wins (tied for sixth), a 4.63 ERA (seventh) and a .271 batting average against (ninth).


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And the winning caption is: “Lann-in demand!”


Honorable Mention:  

– “The Mayor of NatsTown working the rope line”