Storen's talent in youth not limited to baseball

Nats reliever not only excelled at pitching in high school, but basketball and art

Drew Storen, P, Nationals
Hometown: Brownsburg, Ind.

When a bunch of pre-teens from Brownsburg, Ind., made a run to the Little League World Series in 1999, a young Storen didn't play. He was only an alternate.

"He wasn't always the most talented kid," said Quinn Moore, Storen's summer ball coach for the Indiana Bulls. "He was never the star player until probably -- nobody realized how good he could be until he was 16."

That was around the time Storen went 9-0 during Brownsburg High's undefeated season in 2005, when the Lance Lynn-led Bulldogs won a state title.

Aside from lettering in basketball, Storen also had a knack for drawing and was named an outstanding student in art his freshman and senior years before eschewing a chance to sign with the Yankees following the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. Instead, he headed off to Stanford and learned the art of closing until the Nats selected him in the first round of the 2009 Draft.

Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.