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Drew Storen promoted to Class AAA Syracuse (Updated)

The Nationals have promoted Drew Storen, the right-hander they are grooming as a future closer, from Class AA Harrisburg to Class AAA Syracuse. Storen was informed of the promotion on Wednesday night in Reading, Pa., after the Senators wrapped up a three-game sweep of the Reading Phillies.

"They sat me down and told me just before we left [Reading] to go home," Storen said. "It was pretty exciting. You get called into the manager's office, you never know what it's about. So this was a good thing."

Storen, 22, was 1-0 with a 0.42 ERA for the Senators over 17 appearances dating to last season, with 23 strikeouts and seven walks across 21 2/3 innings.
"They didn't tell me the reason why. But to me, it just goes back to last year. I'm glad I was able to sign early, because that experience [in the minors] last year and spring training really paid off. I understand this is a great reward. But it's important to see this isn't the end of the journey. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully it won't be my last stop."

"He's ready for the next level," Nationals director of player development Doug Harris said. "It's a good progression for him. It's an important thing for him to be around a little more seasoned players. He's done everything we've asked. It's time for him to face a little more experienced hitters."

While Storen will move up, one of his closest friends will stay behind in Harrisburg. Stephen Strasburg, coming off five innings in which he did not allow a hit, will make his next start in Class AA, Harris said. The Nationals do not have a specific timeline in place to move Strasburg up, Harris said, and they are confident Strasburg overwhelming Eastern League batters will help him learn the daily grind of professional baseball while also building confidence.

"There's something to be said for absolutely dominating a league," Harris said. "We don't feel like that we're jeopardizing or retarding his development process by keeping him there."

Meanwhile, Storen will advance to Syracuse. Storen signed the day after the Nationals drafted him last year, which is a major factor why Storen was moved up and Strasburg stayed put for now. Storen has often talked about his desire to make the majors quickly, but now he is content with his new challenge.

"I'm not too antsy," Storen said. "I understand the process. It can't be rushed. At the same, I really do want to get there. Hopefully, I'll prove myself here."

By Dave Sheinin  |  April 29, 2010; 2:01 PM ET
 
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Comments

I love Storen's attitude..good luck to him as he paves the way for Strasburg's imminent promotion. I wonder who will make his major league debut first????

Posted by: markfd | April 29, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Love, Love, LOVE this kids attitude. Something for D.C. sports fans to be happy about considering last nights debacle.

Posted by: mjwies11 | April 29, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the starter he has closed for in the paast and will again in the future is not far form follwing him.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | April 29, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Haven't been hearing enough about this stud reliever - our future closer. Wouldn't surprise me to see he called up in June with Strasberg - but only if there is a reason like Clip or Capps starting to tank. Better to keep him in AAA getting regular work.

Posted by: shanks1 | April 29, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Amid comments about the Nats delaying Strasburg's promotion--for reasons of money--let's recall that Strasburg delayed his own promotion--for reasons of money--by not signing until August.

Fair enough on both sides, but if Strasburg had started his minor league stint when Storen did, would he be in the minors now?

Again, no complaints. In fact, I'm hoping to see both Strasburg and Storen pitch in Syracuse soon.

Posted by: KenNat | April 29, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

markfd:
I think we can be reasonably certain that Strasburg will come to Washington in early June. Storen will precede him if Riggleman feels he can't put trust in Bruney/Barnett/Walker to pitch effectively on a regular basis. As well as this team has played to date, they can't go much longer on a two-man bullpen of "Clip & Save".

Posted by: BinM | April 29, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Bring him up as a 7th inning guy this year. Wonder what starter goes down in June for Stras if everyone keeps winning.

Posted by: dovelevine | April 29, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

mjwies11, love the kids attitude but only the Caps can cleanse my frustration of last nights performance.

The Nats actually have a great problem, Capps has been phenominal and now they have Storen on the brink......what to do...

Posted by: Redskins2Win | April 29, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

oops - should have been Bruney/Burnett/Walker.

Posted by: BinM | April 29, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

With the way Capps has been pitching -- I admit I'm eating crow on this one, even though I grabbed him for my fantasy team a couple of years ago -- and the way Clippard is throwing, exactly what role do they envision for Storen? Situational pitcher? Or is he going to be the 7th-inning set-up man, the way the Yankees used to have when Rivera was the 8th-inning guy?

Posted by: fischy | April 29, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

BinM, "promoted" from Extended Spring Training at almost precisely the same time: Ron Vilone. Who do you think we'll see first?

Posted by: periculum | April 29, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg didn't really delay his own start in pro ball. The guy had pitched a lot of innings, with the Olympics sandwiched between two college seasons. They were going to shut him down regardless. The June timetable has meant that he wouldn't get to AAA before May. Nothing's changed. If he dominates there, he'll be in DC as scheduled.

Posted by: fischy | April 29, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

So, now you've got Storen, Doug Slaten, Josh Wilkie, and Jesse English all pitching well. Plus I suspect that Arneson may bet promoted before too much time goes by. He has actually been pitching a lot better than Storen.

In the majors, you've still got Brian Bruney, Tyler Walker, Miguel Batista, and Sean Burnett not pitching so well and forcing Riggleman to rely too much on "Clip 'n Save your ball Capps".

What do do? Well of course, Riggleman gets Ron Vilone promoted to Syracuse so that he can call on him soon.

Posted by: periculum | April 29, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

let him take his time to get up to the next level. But don't bring him in to replace Clip or Capps, there was a story recently about the concern of over using either, you bring up Storen when he is ready and have him fill in for either guy when they need a day off.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 29, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

peric:
Who comes up first will depend on Washington's needs - A left-handed reliever = English. A 7th inning set-up pitcher = Storen. A mop-up pitcher = Villone.
Remember that neither Storen or Villone are on the 40(44) man roster, so somebody would get DFA'd to bring them aboard.

Posted by: BinM | April 29, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

When Storen comes up, does the bullpen become "Clip, Store & Save"?

Posted by: BinM | April 29, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

BinM: Dude pretty cool handles for Clippard,Storen,and Capps as my 17 year old would say, huge props!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 29, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Arneson may bet promoted before too much time goes by. He has actually been pitching a lot better than Storen"Posted by: periculum

this is the second time you've said this.what are you basing this opinion on? Storen has been lights out. Arneson has been good but no one is pitching a lot better than Storen.

Posted by: sjt1455 | April 29, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

dargramps:

Somebody on one of the boards had already come up with Clip & Save for the Clippard-Capps combination; I'm just going with the material i'm given.

Posted by: BinM | April 29, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"We don't feel like that we're jeopardizing or retarding (Strasburg's) development process by keeping him there (in AA)."
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Of COURSE you're not jeopardizing or retarding his development process -- you want to retard his EARNING process.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | April 29, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Arneson "has actually been pitching a lot better than Storen."

Really? A lot better than this?

"Storen, 22, was 1-0 with a 0.42 ERA for the Senators over 17 appearances dating to last season, with 23 strikeouts and seven walks across 21 2/3 innings."

Posted by: ADCWonk | April 29, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

you bring up Storen when he is ready and have him fill in for either guy when they need a day off.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 29, 2010 3:15 PM |
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That makes a whole lot of sense to me.
Of course, I'm just another idiot on a message board...

Go Nats!!!

Posted by: usmc53 | April 29, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"We don't feel like that we're jeopardizing or retarding (Strasburg's) development process by keeping him there (in AA)."
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Of COURSE you're not jeopardizing or retarding his development process -- you want to retard his EARNING process.


Posted by: Juan-John1 | April 29, 2010 3:59 PM |
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I think his 16 million dollar signing bonus has rendered the earning process (retarded or not) pretty much moot....

Posted by: TimDz | April 29, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

All of a sudden we are pitching rich,should we then use one of those arms to try to get a bat,i honestly think we could use another stick or as my late pops used to tell me "son you can never have enough pitchin"

Posted by: dargregmag | April 29, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"All of a sudden we are pitching rich"

Well, not yet. Let's see how many guys on the Nats can keep this up. And let's see how Zimm, Storen, and Stras develop. There's plenty of time next year, if we need, to trade some arms for some bats. There will still be a market for them -- after all, every team could use bit more good pitching

Posted by: ADCWonk | April 29, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm with the Wonk. Let's see how Lannan, Stammen, Olsen, Atilano, Strasburg, Storen, Clippard, and Capps look in July.

It's all fun now, but I wouldn't compare our staff to Maddux-Glavine-Smoltz just yet.

Posted by: usmc53 | April 29, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Arneson may bet promoted before too much time goes by. He has actually been pitching a lot better than Storen"

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Actually, the ENTIRE Harrisburg pitching staff has been on fire this season. The worst ERA on the team right now is lefty starter Tom Milone with a 4.19 (1.34 WHiP). Just check out the individual stats:

Pitcher - ERA (WHiP) IP
S. Strasburg - 0.52 (0.58) 17.1 IP
Rafael Martin - 0.73 (1.05) 12.1
Hassan Pena - 0.79 (1.15) 11.1
Adam Carr - 0.82 (0.64) 11.0
Victor Garate - 0.87 (0.97) 10.1
Drew Storen - 0.96 (0.64) 9.1
Erik Arnesen - 1.59 (0.94) 17.0
Aaron Thompson - 2.87 (1.15) 15.2
Matt Chico - 3.20 (1.47) 19.2
Yunior Novoa - 3.38 (1.31) 10.2
Jeff Mandel - 3.54 (1.23) 20.1
Tom Milone - 4.19 (1.34) 19.1

These 12 pitchers combined have given up only 3 home runs in 174 innings pitched, with a 2.17 ERA and a WHiP of 1.07! This has been a pretty incredible run they've got going on in H'Burg. If only they had some hitting!

Posted by: erocks33 | April 29, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Arnesen prolly won't b promoted b4 R. Martin...I think Balester is gonna b sent down to AA wen they make room for stras.

Posted by: mwyche1 | April 29, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

@binm: I like that! Clippard and Capps = "Clip and Save", The Coupon Brothers!

Posted by: bobilly2 | April 29, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Is Storen a set=up man or a closer? His ERA is as good as Strassburgs.

Posted by: bobilly2 | April 29, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

This year Arneson has pitched twice as many innings, has 2 saves, has spot started, closed, long relief with stats that exceed Storen including the 2 saves. Look at the stats ADCwonk before jumping to wrong conclusions. What isn't in the stats are the tough situations Arneson has faced. He isn't your closer but a better replacement for Batista.

And BinM nice side step. You know it will be Malone and not anyone but Malone coming up. Sigh ...

Btw Arneson has not allowed a homer in his 17+ innings. Storen has.

Posted by: periculum | April 29, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Meant to say Vilone coming up.

Posted by: periculum | April 29, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What in the hell are they going to do with all of these pitchers? Balester, Ching Ming, Storen, and Strasburg should all be on the team by June.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 29, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

something tells me Strasburg will get an invite to the managers office come Monday morning

Posted by: chillsonic | April 29, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Amazing how it was all Caps and now the lone bright spot is the NATS! Who woulda thunk?

Posted by: rachel216 | April 29, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Let me say the one person i'm pulling for is Jesus Flores i know he just started throwing and here's hoping for a full recoverey and back on the field asap, that being said Will Nieves has been an excellent backup to Pudge and has handled the pitching staff very well along with some clutch hitting.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 29, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

peric:

No side-step in my mind; The call-ups should, and will be driven by need, imo.
Villone is in SYR because he's healthy & has a track record; He's an 'insurance policy', in case Batista or Walker gets hurt. He could nudge Severino down to HAR, but he'd have to step up big-time to push somebody off the 40-man roster at this point.

Posted by: BinM | April 29, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

eh, never was all the Caps for me so no biggie. I'm all baseball, all the time. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 29, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Some rambling thoughts on the injured list...

The players on the 60-day DL (JZimm, Detwiler, Wang, Flores) aren't even on the horizon yet, and my guess is that Marquis will join them sooner rather than later. Don't look for any of them before the All-Star game.

Morse began his rehab stint with SYR yesterday, so he should be back in the next 10 days, most likely replacing Taveras. Coste could be a long-term liability (elbow injury / Catcher = not good). Mock should get optioned as soon as he's healthy.

RZim should be back for the FLA series, but Harris' injury may take more time than the team is letting on. Pudge is probably going to be day-on, day-off behind the plate until the back problem clears up.

If the starting staff doesn't implode over the next two weeks, and somebody beside Clippard & Capps can step it up in the bullpen, I like this teams' chances going forward.

Posted by: BinM | April 29, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Again, I love this team. They have been a joy to root for over the last few weeks. If B. Harper is that big of a doofus, I hope they do not draft him. And as someone that lives within a stone's throw of Syracuse, I'll be heading there for a few games in the next few weeks.

I love this team.

Posted by: FriendofalltheWorld | April 29, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

@BinM,

"but he'd have to step up big-time to push somebody off the 40-man roster at this point."

I very much hope you are right.

I sincerely doubt that Vilone could manage that given the way they are throwing in Harrisburg's bullpen and given Wilkie and Slaten. Vilone can't manage below a 4 ERA even AAA.

Posted by: periculum | April 29, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"Coste could be a long-term liability (elbow injury / Catcher = not good). "

They really do seem to need another catcher. A veteran with above average defensive, pitcher and game management skills preferably with a left-handed bat.

Posted by: periculum | April 29, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

It's hard not to get too excited over the potential pitching staff of the Nationals by the end of this season -- and beyond.

Livan Hernandez has been superb.
John Lannan is a solid Major Leaguer.
Scott Olsen looks to be getting back into form.
Strasburg is living up to the hype.
Chien-Ming Wang has been a stud before.
And Jordan Zimmermann might have more talent than all but Strasburg.

That leaves Stammen, Marquis, Atilano, and other starters waiting in the wings.

As for the bullpen, right now Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps are making the Nats a team that you can't be behind against going into the 8th inning -- or you're done.

Get Brian Bruney going good to pitch the 7th, and add Drew Storen to the mix to pitch the 6th, and it might mean that the Nats just need to get 5 strong innings from their formidable starters every night.

Oh, and did I mention the Nats are already 12-10, one game out of first, without Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup for most of the season?

Yippee!!

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | April 29, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

peric:

Given the Nationals early 'success', you need to look inside the roster for replacements first. The question at this point is "Is (non-roster player) a marked improvement over (anyone currently on the roster at his position)"?
Regarding your particular concern, would Villone be a marked improvement over Bautista, Walker, Burnett, Bruney, English, Severino, or Mattheus? Not at this point, imo. Now, if he posts a low ERA/WHIP, with a 4:1 W:K ratio over his next 10 games, maybe he has a shot.

Posted by: BinM | April 29, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

"Now, if he posts a low ERA/WHIP, with a 4:1 W:K ratio over his next 10 games, maybe he has a shot."

The second coming of Livan? Now this I'd like to see.

Posted by: periculum | April 29, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The guess here is that Storen replaces Jack Spradlin in Syracuse. With Vilone, Slaten, Severino and English (along with Spradlin) they are overstocked with left-handed relievers and relievers in general.

On the right side they just have Joel Peralta, Josh Wilkie, and Zechry Zinicola [CL] with MacDougal still on the DL.

Andrew Kown is the Miguel Batista of this staff. Right now he is in the rotation due to a shortage of starters I guess.

Spradlin looks odd man out due to his performance.

Right now neither Balester nor Martis is looking very good. One or both could be replaced by starters from Harrisburg. Plus, JD Martin could land on the DL making it 3.

Posted by: periculum | April 29, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

IMHO people ought to be a little cautious about Chien-Ming Wang. I hope he gets back because if he does this was a risk woth taking. However, the injury he is coming back from usually takes a couple of years to recover from. We also need to see a few more quality starts from Olsen to see if he is the real deal. He had two pretty good starts last year before he imploded.

Posted by: natsguy | April 29, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

It's so great to be talking positively -- and rationally -- about the Nats' prospects, in marked contrast to this time last season. It feels so good to have a winning record, and the worst problem being: What are the Nats going to do with all these pitchers?

Best case: They're going to turn this surplus into a contender VERY soon.

Let's go, Nats. Filet the fish!

Posted by: nats24 | April 29, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"Stephen Strasburg, coming off five innings in which he did not allow a hit, will make his next start in Class AA, Harris said. The Nationals do not have a specific timeline in place to move Strasburg up"

Come on, Post reporters! We know they have a timeline, and it includes waiting until June to push his arbitration year a year away. Why don't you report this, instead of regurgitating their pap?

Posted by: oldwiseman | April 30, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

When Strasburg comes up I would send Lannan down. Then when Marquis is off the DL I would send him down and send up Wang if he is ready. If Wang is not ready, take another chance on Lannan. I still don't have confidence in Lannan. Never did.

Posted by: Pete433 | April 30, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

"There's something to be said for absolutely dominating a league," Harris said. "We don't feel like that we're jeopardizing or retarding his development process by keeping him there."
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You may not be retarding his development, but you sure aren't helping it by putting him up against inferior competition. He's not a child who needs an ego boost. He's potentially a once-in-a-generation talent who is ready to prove himself against the next level of competion.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | April 30, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Mkadyman wrote:
>>"What in the hell are they going to do with all of these pitchers? Balester, Ching Ming, Storen, and Strasburg should all be on the team by June."

Did you perhaps mean to say Detwiler instead of Balester? That would make the statement correct. Balester is struggling and dropping lower down on the depth chart as he's being leapfrogged by other, faster rising, pitchers.

Posted by: dabagley | April 30, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TimDz:
>>"I think his 16 million dollar signing bonus has rendered the earning process (retarded or not) pretty much moot...."

Actually, it's estimated that if Stras pans-out, it would cost the Nats about $18 mil. extra in a few years if they bring him up before June.

Case in point: The Giants brought up Tim Lincecum SIX DAYS too soon to start his ML career and it has now cost them an extra $13 mil.

Posted by: dabagley | April 30, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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