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Nationals call up relief prospect Drew Storen

May 16, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

storen uniform.jpgAccording to Ken Rosenthal of, the Nationals have purchased the contract of relief prospect Drew Storen from Triple-A Syracuse.  He will meet up with the team on Monday in St. Louis.

Storen unsurprisingly beat fellow 2009 first-round draft pick Stephen Strasburg to the big leagues.  He kicked off this season at Double-A Harrisburg and posted a 0.96 ERA, 11/1 K/BB ratio and a 0.64 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings before earning a promotion to Triple-A.  In Syracuse he surrendered only one earned run in 6 2/3 innings.  The 22-year-old will likely serve in a setup role for the Nationals for now, but projects as a possible future closer.

Strasburg has been equally impressive, but the Nats have more reason to prevent him from reaching Super Two status.  Storen is a reliever and will never command the kind of money that Strasburg one day could.

  1. GimmeSomeSteel - May 16, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    By promoting Storen before Strasburg, the Nationals put one more guy ahead of The Anointed One in the Super-2 list.
    Smart move by Rizzo and company.
    (Don’t get me wrong, I think Strasburg is the real thing–but I love to see a Boras client get the short end.)

  2. Paul from Viriginia - May 16, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Promoting Storen ahead of Strasburg has nothing to do with anything other then good baseball management. The bullpen lacks depth and Storen will provide that. Rizzo is a baseball man and doesn’t manage to placade the media or the fans. He has a timetable for these young ‘studs’ and he will follow it as long as they produce for him and the Nationals. It is good to see that ownership has put the runnig of the club in the hands of baseball people (to include Riggleman) and then let them run it.

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