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Drew Storen: The (other) Nats rookie pitcher

Drew Storen as a minor league pitcher before the Nats called him up to the big league.(Bradley Bower/AP)

Pop quiz: Quick, name the two first-round draft picks for the Washington Nationals.

The No. 1 pick, pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg, and . . .and . . .

The answer is Drew Storen. "I do about 90 percent of interviews about him, which is understandable -- he's the real deal," says Storen, the relief pitcher who was selected 10th by the Nats in last year's baseball draft, about Strasburg. "I have a front-row seat to all of it, so I have an interesting perspective on it. I've seen the fanfare and all the hype -- the main thing is that he's as good as they say he is."

The two rookies are teammates and buddies. "We have different personalities," Storen told us. "He's a really low-key guy. It works well for him." The 22-year-old is Strasburg's opposite: outgoing, playful and comfortable in the media spotlight. Storen's dad was a CBS sports exec in his native Indianapolis, and the high school star athlete met plenty of reporters and pro athletes along the way.

Unlike Strasburg, Storen's still single. Which is why he agreed to donate a date for a live bachelor auction Monday night to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He's doing it for Nats communications whiz Lisa Pagano, who's trying to become the society's top local volunteer fundraiser. "It's fun, and I like to help out, " he told us. "But I don't really know what to expect." (Lots of giggling, a few risque jokes.)

So far, so good. He got called up from the minors in Syracuse, N.Y., just three weeks ago, but already is pretty jazzed about his new home town.

"I love it," he said. "There's a lot of excitement surrounding the team and all the sports teams here in D.C., so it's a great place to be."

By The Reliable Source  |  June 7, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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