Storen eager to join Strasburg in AFL

Storen eager to join Strasburg in AFL

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Drew Storen, one of the Nationals' two first-round picks 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 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 accomplished did not earn him a promotion to the big leagues. No big deal, said Storen.

"I'm happy with the way things have happened," Storen 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."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.