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22 Drew Storen RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 8/11/1987 | Birthplace: Indianapolis, IN | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Washington | College: Stanford | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 8/6 | Average Draft Position: 266.71
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Drew Storen struggles, picks up first save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Nationals reliever Drew Storen was used as the closer Wednesday against the Marlins, and nearly gave the game away.

With Rafael Soriano off for day, Storen was asked to preserve a three-run lead in the ninth inning. He was charged with two runs on three hits and a walk, and had the tying and go-ahead runs on base when he ended the game on a groundout.

Storen picked up his first save of the season, despite his ERA rising to 1.53 with the outing. He has 29 strikeouts and eight walks in 35 1/3 innings of work.  


Drew Storen faces one batter in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Nationals reliever Drew Storen didn't have to work too hard for his first win of the season Wednesday, as the Nationals beat the Marlins, 6-3.

Storen faced just one batter to pick up the win, as he entered the game with the go-ahead run on first and induced a double-play. The Nationals would go ahead in the next inning, giving Storen the win after just six pitches thrown.

Storen has been solid to open the season, allowing just one run in seven appearances. He has a 1.42 ERA in 6 1/3 innings of work. 


Teammate feels Drew Storen in line for 'great year'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2014) Nationals reliever Drew Storen is encouraged about having a bounce-back season in 2014 after pitching well down the stretch in 2013 following a recall from the minors.

Storen's ERA ballooned to 5.95 before being demoted to the minors in late July. He returned a few weeks later, posting a 1.40 ERA and .200 opponents' batting average over his final 21 appearances.

"I just got back to throwing the way I used to throw, and that's being dynamic and athletic and attacking guys and utilizing my defense," Storen said, per MLB.com. "I think that was my main mindset, not trying to do too much. Going down there, it helped me figure out who I was a little bit. I don't need to go out there and try to throw the perfect pitch every time. I can go out and attack guys."

Teammate Tyler Clippard is predicting a "great year" for Storen, who has been the subject of offseason trade rumors.

"I think everyone in their career needs to hit a few road bumps to kind of take that next step, and we've all seen Drew progress, but he's progressed in the big leagues," Clippard said.


Report: Nationals would like to trade Drew Storen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) The Nationals would like to trade reliever Drew Storen, who will earn $3.45 million this season, sources told FOX Sports. The report also indicates the Nationals are showing interest in signing reliever Grant Balfour and would like to use Tyler Clippard in a setup role to closer Rafael Soriano.

Nationals avoid arbitration with Drew Storen


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Nationals have avoided arbitration with reliever Drew Storen, the team announced.

Storen will make $3.45 million next. He has a chance to make an additional $1 million based on how many games he finishes. Storen posted a 4.52 ERA in 61 2/3 innings last year.


Drew Storen recalled from Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) The Nationals recalled reliever Drew Storen from Triple-A Syracuse Thursday. Storen posted a 5.68 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in six outings for Syracuse.

Nationals target mechanics with Drew Storen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2013) The Nationals had already decided to send reliever Drew Storen down to Triple-A Syracuse Friday, before he entered a game with the flu and gave up a three-run home run. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed that Saturday, as Storen had already allowed four runs in his previous 2 1/3 innings of work. 

The Nationals hope Storen can get his mechanics under control while in the minors, and they have targeted one specific place to work. According to pitching coach Steve McCatty, the team is going to have Storen go back to pitching with a higher leg lift, a mechanical change instituted back in 2011.


Drew Storen sent down after rough outing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) The Nationals optioned reliever Drew Storen down to Triple-A Syracuse following Friday's doubleheader against the Mets. The right-hander, who was dealing with flu-like symptoms, allowed a three-run home run in the first game of the doubleheader. He owned a 5.95 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP in 42 1/3 innings pitched.

Nationals turn to sick Drew Storen Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) Nationals reliever Drew Storen was not expected to be able to pitch in Friday's doubleheader against the Mets, as he was sick with the flu earlier in the day. Unfortunately, with the bullpen taxed in an 11-0 loss, manager Davey Johnson had no choice but to turn to Storen in the ninth inning.

"Well, he got to feeling a little better," Johnson said. "I had to use him. Tried to get by with [Ryan Mattheus], but took him as many pitches as he could throw without taking a chance on hurting him."

Storen entered the game with one out and allowed three straight hits, including a double and a three-run home run. He would settle down to get the final two outs to end the inning, after being charged with three runs. 

Storen now has a 5.95 ERA on the season, and has allowed seven earned runs in his last three innings of work. 


Drew Storen dealing with illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) Nationals reliever Drew Storen is unlikely to pitch Friday in a doubleheader against the Mets, as a result of a bout with the flu, according to MLB.com. Storen has allowed three runs in his last three outings to raise his ERA to 5.40 on the season, but it does not appear as if this illness is to blame. 

Manager trying not to 'give up' on Drew Storen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2013) Nationals reliever Drew Storen had another rough outing Wednesday against the Pirates, allowing three runs in two-thirds of an inning. Storen is 1-1 with two blown saves and an 11.42 ERA in his last 10 appearances.

His struggles prompted manager Davey Johnson to say Thursday the right-hander might be demoted to the minors.

"I don't think anything's off the table," Johnson said, but later added, "I don't give up on people."


Drew Storen back to 'attacking hitters'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Following a pair of disastrous outings, which he allowed seven runs in two innings, Nationals reliever Drew Storen returned to form Saturday against the Padres. He needed just five pitches to retire the side in the eighth inning and record his 12th hold.

"That’s what I was talking about," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said, per MLB.com. "His stuff is too good. He doesn’t need to try to trick ‘em. He said, 'Here' and that was the highlight film of my day."

Johnson and pitching coach Steve McCatty noticed a change in Storen's approach this season, so Johnson told Storen to stop throwing and start pitching. He said to trust his fastball and start attacking hitters.

"I thought he had a good point," Storen said. "I’m trying to pitch around guys. I have good enough stuff. I just need to attack hitters and we have a great defense behind you. There’s no reason to be pitching around anybody."


Drew Storen earns rare save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2013) With Rafael Soriano having worked three straight days, the Nationals were forced to turn to Drew Storen for the save Friday against the Mets. Storen made quick work of the Mets, tossing a perfect ninth to save a 6-4, comeback win.

Storen needed just nine pitches for his second save of the season. Storen has a 3.86 ERA and 1.38 WHIP on the season, but he has a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings since the start of June. 


Confidence in Drew Storen lacking


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2013) Nationals reliever Drew Storen's role continues to shrink, as The Washington Post reported Tuesday team has mostly limited him to lower leverage situations recently. Manager Davey Johnson admitted he is somewhat hesitant to use Storen as a traditional reliever at times, limiting him to use as a right-handed specialist.

"This week was a tough week, because I had him up a lot," Johnson said. "Colorado was a place where you really need to control the match-ups — the ball flies there. When he's right, he's good against both. This year, he's had a little problem with left. But I like the way he's throwing. There was a situation, I like left against left, and I like my lefts right now."

Left-handed batters are hitting .353 against Storen this season, and he has struggled to a career-worst 4.67 ERA in his first 29 games. 


Drew Storen picks up first save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2013) Nationals reliever Drew Storen entered Friday's game in the 10th inning with a one-run advantage.

The right-hander worked his way around two hits as he secured a 6-5 victory. He struck out one and improved his ERA to 4.41 after notching his first save of the season.

Long layoffs not bothering Drew Storen


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2013) Nationals pitcher Drew Storen worked a scoreless seventh inning Sunday at Pittsburgh to register his fifth hold of the season and post back-to-back pristine outings for the first time this season. His appearance was also his first in six days as the team's bullpen has failed to develop a consistent routine after the first month.

Storen also went six games between appearances earlier this year and has pitched on consecutive days only once. That has led to a 4.76 ERA for the right-hander, who entered the season with a 2.90 mark.

"There's a fine line," Storen told The Washington Post about his usage. "You got to find a happy medium of not throwing too much. But you also don't want to have too much rest. Because when you have too much rest, you start to elevate, you start throwing through the break and stuff. It's a fine line to stay sharp. That's kind of what I said to him. I don't mind getting up and just throwing, even if I don't go in the game. I don't care."


Drew Storen, defense, blow game vs. Braves


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2013) With regular closer Rafael Soriano off due after pitching in three straight games, the Nationals turned to Drew Storen to close out the Braves Friday.

Storen, who has closing experience in the past, was not up to the task, allowing two runs on three hits to send the game to overtime. Storen retired the final batter of the eighth inning to end a bases-loaded jam, but ran into trouble in the ninth. He allowed a leadoff single and then allowed an infield single and a walk to load the bases himself. The defense let him down on a possible game-ending double play to third base, as Chris Johnson's throwing error allowed two runs to score.

Storen was charged with one of those runs in 1 1/3 innings, with a strikeout and a walk as well. He earned a blown save, in a 6-4 loss in 10 innings. His ERA rose to 3.38 on the season, with six strikeouts and one walk in 5 1/3 innings. 


Nationals skipper likes alignment of bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson is still learning the limits of new closer Rafael Soriano, according to The Washington Post. But once he figures it out, it will help him figure out how to use setup men Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard.

Storen is considered the backup closer and Clippard is in the mix as closer to spell both relievers. Soriano recorded a save in each of the Nationals' first two games.

"That’s something I’ll learn and hopefully [Soriano will] let me know if he’s getting overworked," Johnson said. "That’s a really good problem to have. I hope that happens a lot. But I got a lot of choices for guys who want to step in."


Drew Storen shakes off Game 5 nightmare


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2013) Nationals reliever Drew Storen pitched in a meaningful game Wednesday against the Marlins for the first time since recording a blown save in Game 5 of the NLDS in October. Storen, who is now a setup man for new closer Rafael Soriano, logged his first hold of the season.

"It was good to get in there and get your feet wet in some regular season baseball," he said, per CSN Washington. "It just felt comfortable more than anything. When you go out and get in a game like that, a tight game, it’s fun. It’s fun to get those juices flowing again and that’s what locks me in."

Storen made quick work of the Marlins in the eighth inning. He pitched a perfect inning and struck out one, needing just 14 pitches.

"I think it was nice for him so people can stop talking about it," Kurt Suzuki, who was the catcher in Game 5, said. "I've got so much confidence in Drew. He's got great stuff. He's a great reliever. He showed that tonight, and he's shown it in his career. That one game, obviously, was magnified a little bit because of what was at stake, but I think Drew's going to be fine."


Drew Storen still adjusting to new role


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2013) Nationals pitcher Drew Storen surrendered a tiebreaking solo homer en route to his second loss of the spring during a 3-1 loss to the Mets in Grapefruit League action Saturday. Storen, who entered the game in the seventh inning, also walked a batter and struck out two.

The right-handerhas a 5.40 ERA after 10 games this spring as he continues to transition from closer to set-up man this season. "He’s still not where he needs to be," manager Davey Johnson told the Washington Post. "A couple more times, he’ll be fine."


Drew Storen knocked around again


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2013) Nationals reliever Drew Storen was hit hard for the second straight outing Saturday against the Astros in Grapefruit League action.

Storen allowed an RBI single to Carlos Correa and a two-run single to Rene Garcia in the eighth inning and was pegged with the loss. He allowed three runs on four hits in an inning of work in a 4-2 defeat. He also struck out two and walked one as his ERA ballooned to 6.43 this spring.

"When you try to be that precise [on the mound], it's kind of paralysis by analysis," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "I want him to trust his stuff and pitch. He has great stuff. He knows how to pitch. Sometimes he goes out there and tries to overthrow the ball. Those are power pitchers."

Storen has allowed four runs on six hits in his last two innings.


Storen out as closer


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/18/2013) On the same day he signed a $2.5 million contract for the 2013 season and avoided arbitration, Drew Storen was bumped from the closer role by new acquisition Rafael Soriano. “Suffice it to say," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said at Soriano's introductory press conference, "Raffy is here to pitch the ninth inning." Storen was informed of his role change before the announcement.

Storen earns first big contract


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2013) Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen signed a $2.5 million contract for the 2012 season, avoiding his first salary arbitration hearing. The contract also includes $1 million in performance bonuses.