The Nationals have recalled their minor league ace and his name is NOT Stephen Strasburg.
Drew Storen, the tenth overall pick of the 2009 draft, has been added to the Nationals roster
replacing reliever Brian Bruney. Storen wanted to jump straight to the Majors last year out of Stanford University, but instead Storen quickly rose through the minors eventually ending up at Double-A Harrisburg. This year, Storen went 9.1 innings in Harrisburg and 7.1 innings at Triple-A Syracuse with a combined 1.08 ERA this year before getting the call on Sunday.
There is no doubt that the goal in Washington is for Storen to be its closer. That job, however, is still safely in the hands of Matt Capps. Nats’ skipper Jim Riggleman said that Storen will be used “anywhere from that sixth inning to the eighth.” Washington’s resurgance this year is due in fact to an outstanding bullpen job from Tyler Clippard and Sean Burnett.
“He has the repertoire to be a starter,” said DC GM Mike Rizzo, “but we’re going to keep him in the bullpen role. He wants the challenge of having the ball in the ninth inning.”
Drew Storen made his debut on May 16 against the Cardinals when he retired two batters that he faced. On May 17, he got Matt Holliday on an inside fastball with two on to end a St. Louis threat.
The Drew Storen era has begun in Washington. The former Stanford Cardinal is worth taking a flier on in mixed leagues, especially if you think the Nationals will ditch Capps and go with the yougster.
Promoting Storen now may cost the Nationals financially, reports the Washington Post, because Storen may now be eligible for “Super 2″ status, thereby shortening the time that he becomes eligible for arbitration.
“We’re here to win games,” added Rizzo, “and we feel this move gave us the best chance to win games.”
Things are certainly different in Washington today.