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It's about time to start noticing Storen

Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: May 11, 2011 12:07 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Remember the Nationals' first-round draft pick in 2009? Not, not Stephen Strasburg, the other one. Drew Storen was taken as the 10th overall pick from Stanford in the same draft by the Nationals and he's the one paying big dividends in 2011. Nationals fans know it. Lots of fantasy baseball players do, too, but does the national audience of casual baseball fans? I'm not so sure, but they definitely should get to know Mr. Storen.

Tuesday night, Storen locked down his eighth save of the season. There are only five closers in the National League with more saves than that, but Storen didn't pick up his first until April 17 and has zero blown saves. Only Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates and the Marlins' Leo Nunez have more saves without having blown at least one in the NL.

Storen's rate stats are pretty equally impressive. He allowed a run on opening day and hasn't since. That is 19 innings in 17 appearances and nary a run. The season marks are a 0.46 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He has stranded an extraordinary amount of baserunners (over 96 percent) and that's mostly due to not allowing balls to be hit hard. Storen's strikeout rate is down, but he's had better control and is inducing lots of weak groundouts or popouts. That shows he's pitching effectively within the strike zone and not overthrowing. One change he has made is mostly giving up on the curve ball and instead sticking with a fastball-slider repertoire -- he recently tweeted that he "pretty much" sticks to a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball with sink and the slider. (Storen via Twitter)

Most importantly, Storen is mature beyond his years. So often young closers can't handle the pressure of being the guy who gets the ball in the ninth inning, but Storen is mentally tough enough that he's not even remotely phased. He's only 23, but in watching him and his mannerisms on the mound, it seems like you're watching a guy in his mid-30s.

And we probably will be, he'll just have a lot more career saves by then.

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Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:57 pm
 

It's about time to start noticing Storen

Relating to research one or two handy possessions appropriate here. Of course expense bookmarking when it comes to returning to.



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:12 am
 

It's about time to start noticing Storen

way to jinx leo nunez, watched storen the other day notch up his 6th save pretty impressive perfomance he is solid rp not sure how many save attempts he will get thats they only question really?



Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:35 pm
 

It's about time to start noticing Storen

Spoke too soon. Jinxed the poor guy.




Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:00 pm
 

It's about time to start noticing Storen

Fixed.

That's on me. Not sure how I missed it as I was staring at the NL leaders. No excuse, thanks.

(and thanks for being polite, which is rare in comments like these)

- Matt



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:58 am
 

It's about time to start noticing Storen

Good article but it says "Only of the has more saves without having blown at least one in the NL" which is clearly incorrect. A guy named Leo Nunez not only leads the league in saves, but has 0 blown saves as well.


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