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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%: 42/36 | Average Draft Position: 266.71
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Report: Nationals unlikely to pick up option on RP Soriano


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Nationals will probably decline to exercise their $14 million option on former closer Rafael Soriano, who saved 75 games over the past two seasons, the Washington Post reported.

Soriano performed well in the first half of this season before a collapse forced the team to replace him in that role with Drew Storen.


Drew Storen fans two for save No. 11


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Nationals closer Drew Storen struck out two and needed only 13 pitches to retire the side in order to close out a 3-0 victory over the Mets. He has converted 11 of 14 save chances, with a 1.14 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 55 1/3 innings of relief.

Drew Storen picks up 10th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Nationals closer Drew Storen earned his 10th save Tuesday, giving up one hit and striking out two in his team's 4-2 win over the Mets.

Storen needed 25 pitches to convert the save opportunity, giving him his highest workload since the end of July. His scoreless streak is now up to 18 innings and 21 appearances. Storen owns a 1.16 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 44:11 K:BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings.


Drew Storen picks up ninth save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Nationals closer Drew Storen picked up his ninth save Saturday against the Marlins.

Storen entered with a one-run lead, and got himself in trouble before closing things out. With one out, Storen gave up two straight singles. With the tying run on second base, Storen managed a game-ending double play. 


Drew Storen makes extremely quick work of Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Nationals reliever Drew Storen made extremely quick work of the Marlins Friday night in Miami, needing only six pitches to retire the side in order to close out a 3-2 victory. He has converted 8 of 11 save chances, with a 1.20 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP over 52 1/3 innings of relief.

Drew Storen slams door Tuesday, Nationals earn NL East crown


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Nationals closer Drew Storen earned his seventh save Tuesday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning to slam the door on the team's 3-0 win over the Braves and give the Nationals the team's second division title in three years.

Storen needed just seven pitches to make quick work of the Braves in the ninth inning Tuesday, and he's now delivered 15 scoreless innings since giving up his last earned run at the beginning of August. Storen owns a 1.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 42:11 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.


Rafael Soriano helps Drew Storen's chances


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2014) Nationals right-hander Rafael Soriano, who recently took some time off to work on his mechanics, didn't help his chances of reclaiming the closer role in his second game back Monday at Atlanta.

While he entered in the ninth inning with the Nationals up by four -- sort of the closest thing to a save situation without being a save situation -- he needed Drew Storen, his replacement at closer, to bail him out with two outs and the tying run on base. In all, Soriano allowed two runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Manager Matt Williams recently said that having Soriano reclaim the closer role would be his best-case scenario, but as I wrote in the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, that scenario seems less likely now.

Frankly, I'd have no reservations about starting Storen in Fantasy, as good as he's been in the role.


Drew Storen records one-out save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Nationals pitcher Drew Storen worked his way around a hit but managed to retire the final batter of the game to close out a 4-2 win over Atlanta. He needed 11 pitches to pitch one-third of an inning. He owns a 1.25 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 50 1/3 innings of work. 

Drew Storen storing up saves


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) After having notched saves on three consecutive games earlier in the week, Drew Storen saved his first game for the Nationals in five days on Sunday, sealing a 3-0 victory over the Mets. While Storen preserved the shutout, he didn't pitch a clean inning, allowing singles to Bobby Abreu and Matt den Dekker.

Storen did not strike out or walk a batter in the outing. The save was his fifth on the season, and he lowered his ERA to 1.26.


Nationals closer situation something to watch


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/11/2014) Nationals manager Matt Williams has said Rafael Soriano is ready to appear in games again after spending a few days ironing out his mechanics. But the way Drew Storen has pitched in his absence, why would they go back to him in the ninth inning?

They probably won't, at least not right away, but managers operate by a set different set of guidelines than we do. They value homeostasis, perhaps to a fault, and this first-year manager may ultimately decide that the last couple weeks before the playoffs aren't the time for a bullpen shakeup, meaning if Soriano proves he can still do the job, he'll get a chance to.

Besides, as good as Storen has looked in three appearances filling in for Soriano, striking out six without allowing a hit or walk, it is just three appearances. A meltdown this weekend would change everything, wouldn't it?

That said, I'm rooting for Storen and, at least in shallower leagues where I have the luxury of changing my mind later, making a play for him. I go into greater detail as to why in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, but it's not like he hasn't done it before.


Drew Storen picks up fourth save Tuesday vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Nationals closer Drew Storen earned his fourth save Tuesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 6-4 win over the Braves.

Storen needed just seven pitches to close out the game Tuesday, and he's struck out six in three perfect innings since taking over the ninth inning. He's pitched three straight days though and will likely be unavailable Wednesday. Storen owns a 1.29 ERA and 42:11 K:BB ratio in 49 innings.


Drew Storen Ks the side for the save Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Nationals pitcher Drew Storen struck out the side for the save Monday night against the Braves. He has converted two consecutive save chances, with Rafael Soriano earning a few days of rest. Storen owns a 1.31 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP over 48 innings of relief.

Drew Storen notches second save


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Nationals pitcher Drew Storen earned his second save Sunday, closing out a 3-2 win over the Phillies with a perfect ninth inning. Storen fanned two as he converted his second opportunity in five chances.

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."