Drew Storen Selected by the Washington Nationals with the 10th Overall Pick of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft
June 9, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford right-handed pitcher Drew Storen was chosen by the Washington Nationals today with the 10th overall pick of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. With Storen's selection, Stanford leads all NCAA Division I baseball programs with 11 first round picks in the past 11 MLB drafts (since 1999). Storen's selection marks the second consecutive for a Stanford player, following catcher Jason Castro in 2008 (to the Houston Astros).
'Everyone associated with Stanford Baseball is very proud of Drew, and we wish him the best of luck as he embarks on his professional career,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'Drew's success at Stanford speaks for itself, and I have no doubt that he has the ability and the makeup to succeed at the next level.'
A first team All-Pac-10 selection following each of his collegiate seasons (2008 and '09), Storen is tied for fifth in Stanford history with 15 career saves, while he finished with a 12-4 record and a 3.64 ERA (40er, 99.0ip) in 59 collegiate relief appearances. Stanford's closer fashioned a 5.04:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, fanning 116 and issuing just 23 free passes in 99.0 innings. The draft-eligible sophomore also held collegiate batters to a paltry .236 batting average (87-for-368).
Storen followed his 2008 freshman All-America season with an electric 2009 campaign, as the Cardinal closer became the first Stanford pitcher to lead the team in both wins and saves since future major leaguer Jeff Ballard did so in 1984. A first team All-Pac-10 selection, Storen also paced the club in ERA and games pitched, going 7-1 with seven saves and a 3.80 ERA (18er, 42.2ip) in 28 relief appearances.
The Brownsburg, Ind. native finished the 2009 regular season ranked among the Pac-10 leaders for: games finished (3rd - 21), appearances (t-5th), saves (t-6th) and wins (t-7th), while his five saves in conference games tied for the league's third-highest total. The dominating right-hander compiled 66 strikeouts in just 42.2 innings of work, while issuing only eight walks for an astounding 8.3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Storen limited opponents to a .210 batting average (34-for-162) - including a .182 mark against right-handed hitters (16-for-88).
Storen entered the 2009 campaign on the watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award. Not only did he statistically factor into 14 of Stanford's 30 victories in 2009, but he pitched in 22 of the Cardinal's wins. The closer struck out at least five batters in five different outings, while fanning a career-high eight over just 2.2 innings May 23 vs. Oregon State.
Storen becomes Stanford's 23rd all-time first round draft pick, and the 21st such selection since the draft entered its current June-only format in 1987. The first Stanford closer to go in the first round, Storen becomes the 13th pitcher in school history to be selected with either a first round or Compensation A pick. A complete list of Stanford's first round or Compensation A picks follows:
Stanford Major League Baseball First Round Draft Picks (including Compensation A picks)
Year Player, Pos. Pick, Club1970 Steve Dunning, RHP 2nd, Cleveland Indians1975 Bruce Robinson, C 21st, Oakland Athletics1987 Jack McDowell, P 5th, Chicago White Sox1988 Ed Sprague, 3B-C 25th, Toronto Blue Jays1990 Mike Mussina, RHP 20th, Baltimore Orioles1990 Stan Spencer, RHP 35th (Comp. A), Montreal Expos1991 David McCarty, 1B 3rd, Minnesota Twins1992 Jeffrey Hammonds, OF 4th, Baltimore Orioles1992 Rick Helling, RHP 22nd, Texas Rangers1993 Willie Adams, RHP 36th (Comp. A), Oakland Athletics1997 Kyle Peterson, RHP 13th, Milwaukee Brewers1998 Jeff Austin, RHP 4th, Kansas City Royals2000 Justin Wayne, RHP 5th, Montreal Expos2000 Joe Borchard, OF 12th, Chicago White Sox2002 Jeremy Guthrie, RHP 22nd, Cleveland Indians2003 Carlos Quentin, OF 29th, Arizona Diamondbacks2004 Danny Putnam, OF 36th (Comp. A), Oakland Athletics2005 John Mayberry, Jr., 1B-OF 19th, Texas Rangers2005 Jed Lowrie, IF 45th (Comp. A), Boston Red Sox2006 Greg Reynolds, RHP 2nd, Colorado Rockies2008 Jason Castro, C 10th, Houston Astros2008 Jeremy Bleich, LHP 44th (Comp. A), New York Yankees2009 Drew Storen, RHP 10th, Washington Nationals