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Drew Patrick Storen

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Drew Storen was selected 10th overall in the 2009 amateur draft and made his major league debut with the Washington Nationals less than a year later.

As a youth, he was employed as a bat boy by the Montreal Expos when they played games in Cincinnati, OH and St. Louis, MO. He had grown up in Indianapolis, IN, which was for many years the site of the Expos' top farm team, and his father was a friend of Expos trainer Ron McLean, who got Drew the part-time job during the Expos' last years before becoming the Washington Nationals, the team that would eventually draft him. Storen was 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA as a high school freshman in 2004. As a sophomore, he went 9-0 with a 2.07 ERA to help his team to a #2 finish nationally. In 2006, Drew had a 10-1, 1.19 record with 114 K in 71 innings and was named first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. As a senior, he posted a 8-1, 0.89 record with 86 K to 8 walks in 55 innings and also hit .400 with 8 homers and 33 RBI. He was named All-State for the second straight year and Louisville Slugger named him a first-team All-American. He finished his high school career with 30 wins, 319 strikeouts and a 1.55 ERA. Baseball America rated him the #49 high school prospect in the country. The New York Yankees took him in the 34th round of the 2007 amateur draft due to his strong college commitment.

As a freshman at Stanford University, Storen was 5-3 with 8 saves and a 3.51 ERA. He was 4th in the Pacific-10 Conference in strikeouts, made first-team All-Pac-10 and was a consensus freshman All-American (though only Collegiate Baseball picked him first-team).

Storen spent the summer of 2008 with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod League, going 1-2 with five saves and a 2.76 ERA. In the 2009 college season, Storen was 7-1 with 7 saves and a 3.80 ERA, with 66 strikeouts and 8 walks in 44 2/3 IP. He tied for 6th in the Pac-10 in saves and tied for 7th in wins and became the first Stanford hurler to lead the club in both categories since Jeff Ballard back in 1984. He again was an All-Conference pick.

Overall, Storen had gone 12-4 with 15 saves and a 3.64 ERA in two years in college. He was picked by the Washington Nationals with the 10th pick of the 2009 amateur draft; the team had already chosen another first-rounder that year, Stephen Strasburg, at #1 overall. The #10 pick they used for Storen was compensation for not signing Aaron Crow a year prior. Storen was signed quickly by scout Ryan Fox for $1.6 million, one of the first 2009 draftees to ink a deal.

Storen made his pro debut for the Hagerstown Suns on June 18, allowing two runs in one inning. Three days later, he gave up 3 runs in one inning and took a loss in his second game. Overall, he was 2-1, 1.95, pitching in 28 games in relief at three different levels, including 10 games for AA Harrisburg during which he did not give up a run. He started 2010 at Harrisburg, but was promoted to AAA after only 7 games, during which he had collected 4 saves and given up only one run whilke striking out over a batter an inning. He then pitched 6 games for Syracuse of the International League before getting the call to the Show in mid-May, less than a year after having been drafted and ahead of his more hyped teammate Strasburg.

Storen made his major league debut as a relief pitcher facing the St. Louis Cardinals on May 17, 2010. He pitched two-thirds of an inning without allowing a run. His first strikeout victim was Matt Holliday. He stayed with the team for the remainder of the season and did well, going 4-4, 3.58 with 5 saves in 54 games in relief. In 55 1/3 innings, he gave up only 48 hits and struck out 52 while walking 22 batters. After the season, he returned to Stanford for a semester to work towards he completion of his degree in product design.

In 2011, Storen had an outstanding season for the Nationals. Given the closer's role, he saved 43 games while going 6-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 73 outings. He gave up only 57 hits in 75 1/3 innings while striking out 74 batters.

Storen's father, Mark, is a sports radio personality known professionally as Mark Patrick. He is also a distant relative of basketball executive Mike Storen and Mike's daughter, television broadcaster Hannah Storm.

Primary Source: Stanford bio

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 30 Saves Seasons: 1 (2011)
  • 40 Saves Seasons: 1 (2011

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