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Twitter Poll: Should Strasburg, Storen be in Majors?

I asked a question to my Twitter followers on Sunday morning: If you were in Mike Rizzo’s shoes, would you promote Nats right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen to the Major Leagues now or later? Why?

Of the 50 people who responded, 25 of them said bring them up to the  big leagues, while the rest believe there isn’t a need to rush the prospects. Here is what some of the Twitter followers had to say.
@rickyh17:  I would not promote them yet. Let them get in some more experience at Triple A first.

@Sultan_of_Stat: Bring up Strasburg now if John Lannan is to miss more games, otherwise wait. Bring up Storen now to take some pressure off Tyler Clippard.

@SacksJacked: I’m for Stras now. If he’s ready, he’s ready. Don’t worry about the financial stuff. It seems to be more noise than it really is.

@wynams: The season is long. The Nats are doing well now. Rushing players too fast could be devastating.

@LarryTheSequel: I’d do it now. Both are performing well at Triple-A and they may as well get their MLB bumps and bruises sooner than later.

@Natss9: I would bring them up for the Reds series in June. The Nats have gone this far. I don’t see why they should deviate from the plan.

@JoeBHokie: Wait. The pitching is good now. Jordan Zimmermann, Chien-Ming Wang and Jason Marquis are in the wings. The kids need low stress innings and Nats get an extra contract year.

@rfish15: Bring up Storen now, if Brian Bruney doesn’t come around. Strasburg can wait until June. Less pressure on SS waiting. See where the team is then. 

@SodaPop6548: They are both doing well, but still need some experience. Don’t rush them into the Majors!

@DArkMEATHOOK: I’d promote both after two or more Triple-A appearances. Seem like both can help out the ballclub.

@Michaeljenk: Strasburg for sure and not just because of his potential. His performance in the Minors shows that he’s ready.

@NotRizzo: I would hold Storen back till June to ensure he isn’t a Super 2, since he can pitch all the way to October without an innings limit. 

@Terpsrule: Storen yes, because he’s had a year in the system. Strasburg, not net. A few more games in Syracuse, then come on down Stephen!

@nat_meg: Stras, no. Starting pitching has been pretty solid.

@Dwade: This team isn’t quite there yet. The playoffs aren’t in the cards this year, so why start their service clocks?

@Jake_Titleman39: Wait until June. We save money and we hope were still in the playoff race so those guys become even more important. 

@jcj5y: They need Storen more right now. I would be sorely tempted. No on Strasburg until June.

Storen promoted to Triple A Syracuse

The Nationals have promoted right-hander Drew Storen from Double A Harrisburg to Triple A Syracuse, according to the team’s farm director Doug Harris. Storen is expected to join Syracuse on Friday. 

Storen’s promotion comes after he saved four games and allowed a run in 9 1/3 innings for Harrisburg. At the rate Storen is going, Harris expects the right-hander to be in the big leagues sometime this season.

“We are working towards that,” Harris said about Storen going to the big leagues. “There isn’t specific date or timeline in mind. We have goals we want to accomplish. We are certainly preparing him for the Major Leagues.”

Storen was the 10th overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He signed his first professional contract the day after being selected. Storen believes signing with the Nationals right away is the reason he is on the fast track to the big leagues. In a year-plus in professional baseball, Storen has a 1.75 ERA and struck out 60 batters in 45 1/3 innings.

“Signing early was crucial,” Storen said. “I wanted to get going and start playing. The experience that I had last year helped me out this year. I wanted to put myself in a situation where I could move quickly this year.”

A closer for all of his collegiate and professional career, Storen will not be in that role when he joins the big league team because right-hander Matt Capps has been productive, saving 10 games entering Friday’s action against the Marlins. That’s OK with Storen. He’s willing take any role out of the bullpen.

“It will be no different really. It’s just, what inning am I going in? I will still take the same approach,” Storen said. “I don’t want to give up a run whether I’m pitching in the seventh, eighth or ninth inning. The bullpen has done such a great job this year. It would be awesome for me to throw and help them out. They already have guys that could do that already. I’m willing to do whatever role they throw me in as long as I’m helping the team win.”

Storen has solid outing; Livo may pitch next week

Nationals right-hander Drew Storen pitched a perfect inning against the Mets at Tradition Field on Sunday. He threw only 10 pitches and was able to get three groundball outs in the sixth inning.

Storen indicated that he wasn’t nervous like he was Thursday against the Astros. He pitched one solid frame in that game as well.

Overall, Storen has thrown 19 pitches this spring. The reason for the low pitch count is because he is pitching to contact, he said.

“I was trying to build off the last time,” Storen said. “I wasn’t as nervous. I was just trying to throw strikes.”
Storen is expected to pitch Tuesday against Tigers at Space Coast Stadium. It’s the same game in which teammate Stephen Strasburg will make his Spring Training debut.

“That would be awesome. It’s going to be an exciting atmosphere. It’s going to be tough not to get fired up for that game,” Storen said.
In other news, right-hander Livan Hernandez will pitch in a simulated game in a couple of days and then pitch in a Spring Training game sometime next week.

“We trying to work it in to make sure he is all right,'” pitching coach Steve McCatty said about Hernandez. “When he came down here, Livo was Livo [in terms of being in good shape], but he really didn’t throw off the mound. He played catch and now he is getting back into real pitching shape.” 

Storen overlooked; Lannan pitching Saturday

Right-hander Drew Storen is considered one of the top prospects in the Nationals organization, but he has been overshadowed by his teammate, right-hander Stephen Strasburg, this spring.  

That’s OK, said Storen, because Strasburg deserves the publicity after what he has accomplished in the last year. Strasburg went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 starts at San Diego State University en route to being named the 2009 Golden Spikes Award winner. He struck out 195 and issued just 19 walks in 109 innings.

“I love it. I think it’s awesome. He 100 percent deserves the publicity,” said Storen, who was also a first round pick. “I’m just taking a back seat to it all. The Nationals haven’t received all this attention in the last couple of years. I think Stephen is going to be a big help. I don’t deserve the same attention. I’m not as good as he is.”

But good enough. Storen had a great first season in professional baseball, saving a combined 11 games with a 1.95 ERA for Class A Hagerstown and Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.  It earned Storen a Spring Training invitation, but it’s more than likely that Storen will start the season in the Minor Leagues. Storen understands the team doesn’t want to rush him to the big leagues.

“I’m looking at the big picture,” Storen said. “I want to be a guy that helps this team win. I don’t want to be there for a cup of coffee. In the end, I want to have a career in the big leagues.”

*Storen has been going through the windup during live batting practice sessions in order to give the hitters a different look. This unusual because relievers go through the stretch when they are pitching in the late innings. Storen started doing the windup by watching Diamondbacks pitcher Dan Haren.

“I watched how Haren has that pause,” Storen said “Obviously, timing is big for hitters and [look to] can change their timing up and always keep them uncomfortable. If I can do that with my stuff and my motion, that is going to help me out.”              

* Catcher Jesus Flores will throw from 90 feet the next couple days. If all goes well, Flores hopes to start taking batting practice later in the week.

* Left-hander John Lannan will pitch against the Mets on Saturday at Space Coast Stadium, while right-hander Jason Marquis will throw against the same team the next day at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

* Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, the television home of the Nationals, will televise Strasburg’s first spring training appearance on March 9th at 1 p.m.ET on MASN and MASN HD from Space Coast Stadium.

Strasburg is expected to pitch two innings for the Washington, but MASN will televise the entire game.

Drew Storen meets Stephen Strasburg

Right-hander Drew Storen, the Nationals’ first-round-pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has been hanging out at Nationals Park the last two days.

The highlight, so far, has been meeting right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the team’s first overall pick in the ’09 Draft, on Tuesday. Strasburg has been working out with the Nationals the last few days.

The two were talking almost nothing but baseball that day. For example, Strasburg asked Storen about life in the Minor Leagues, while Storen wanted to know what it’s like to work out with the big-league team.  

The two are expected to be teammates in the Arizona Fall League in October.

“It was awesome meeting Strasburg,” Storen said. “I never met him before. I’ve seen every clip on ESPN and it … was nice to catch up with him. He asked some questions on what Minor League Baseball was like. I don’t think he will ever find out what it’s like. I gave him some stories. I told him about the bus rides and all that. He is a low-key guy. I was really happy I was able to talk to him.”

Storen was almost unhittable in his first professional season, going a combined 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA and 11 saves for Class A Hagerstown, Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. What he accomplish did not earn him a promotion to the big leagues. No big deal, said Storen.

“I’m happy with the way things have happened,” he said. “I’m happy with the way I have pitched. My goal was not to be a big leaguer for a month. I look at the big picture. The Arizona Fall League is going to be a great experience. I’m really looking toward next year as my big goal.”

Storen staying in Minor Leagues

Right-hander Drew Storen, the Nationals’ first-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, continues to have success in the Minor Leagues.

Now with Double-A Harrisburg, Storen has two saves and hasn’t given up a run in two innings. However, don’t look for Storen to be in the big leagues this year. He most likely will end the season with Harrisburg and then play in the Arizona Fall League.

“I’m encouraged that he is taking several steps toward where we think he is going to be — quicker to the big leagues,” acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. “We put him in Double-A before the Aug. 17 deadline for the Arizona Fall League. You have to be in Double-A to play there. If all goes well, he will pitch there.”     

Drew Storen in press box

Right-hander Drew Storen, the Nationals’ first round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is in the house. I hope to talk to him shortly.  

Storen continues to do job in Minor Leagues

In 13 combined appearances with Class-A Potomac and Hagerstown, right-hander Drew Storen has 31 strikeouts and no walks in 18 innings.

Storen, Washington’s first round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has fanned 20 and allowed just one hit in 10 scoreless innings in his past seven games between Potomac and Hagerstown.

Prior to joining Potomac on July 19, the Stanford product struck out 26 batters and did not walk a batter in 14 2/3 innings with Hagerstown.

Drew Storen promoted to Class A Potomac

Right-hander Drew Storen is an inch closer to the big leagues. He learned on Sunday that he has been promoted from Class A Hagerstown to Class A Potomac.

Storen, who was drafted in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft,  is clearly the best  reliever in Washington’s farm system.

Entering Sunday’s action, Storen has a 3.68 ERA, 26 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings and no walks. Even in more impressive, in his past five outings, Storen hasn’t allowed an earned run in 6 2/3 innings. He also has 15 strikeouts in that span.

On Saturday, acting general manager Mike Rizzo talked about promoting Storen in the future.

“There is a possibility [he could be promoted]. I’m not sure,” Rizzo said. “Like I said before, you really have to master the league before we move you up, but he is leaning toward really make it tough [when it comes to staying in Hagerstown] .”

Storen mastered the South Atlantic League and hopes to be in the big leagues before the season is over.

“I’m still taking the same approach. I really don’t think about it too much [when it comes to the big leagues],” Storen said on Saturday. “I’m going to stick to my game. If they feel like it could help them win, they will get me up there. That’s something I want to do.”

Nationals trade O'Connor; Storen to be activated

The Nationals traded left-hander Michael O’Connor to the Padres for a player to be named later on Wednesday. Washington made the move because it needed roster space for Triple A Syracuse and O’Connor didn’t fit into its long-term plans.

O’Connor, once considered the Nationals’ top pitching prospect in 2005, was often hit hard during his brief time in the big leagues, going 4-9 with a 5.45 ERA in 26 games. This year, O’Connor was a combined 2-6 with a 4.65 ERA for Syracuse and Double A Harrisburg before the trade 

“We needed roster space and Mike was the guy we chose to move, and there was interest with another club,” acting general manager Mike Rizzo said. “We are looking out for him. We didn’t want to send him back to Double A. We felt this was the best course of action, not only for us, but for him, too.”

The Nationals have not figured out who would take O’Connor place on the roster. They could keep it open and wait for left-hander Matt Chico. Chico has missed a huge chunk of the last two seasons because of elbow reconstruction. He is now healthy and pitching for Class A Hagerstown. In two games, he has given up two runs in six innings.

In other news, reliever Drew Storen,  the Nationals’ 10th  overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is expected to be activated on the Hagerstown roster on Wednesday.

Storen hasn’t pitched in a game in three weeks. Rizzo said the team will get him into a throwing program so he can build up his arm strength.

“We are going to be cautious with him and allow him to adapt the professional game,” Rizzo said. “We want to extend him [in the future] so he can feel the rigors of being a professional pitcher.”