One of the greatest players ever to grace the baseball diamond in the Brownsburg sports world is Drew Storen, now a relief pitcher for the Washington Nationals. Drafted number ten overall in the 2009 draft, Drew Storen will likely be a huge boon to the Nationals; he’s already achieved moderate success with the ball club, and if his history in Brownsburg schools is any indication, he’s in for a very successful Major League Baseball career.
Born in August of 1987 in the Indianapolis satellite community of Brownsburg, Indiana, Drew Storen quickly made his name known on the baseball diamond. The son of Mark Patrick, an Indianapolis sports talk host for “Sports Talk” on WNDE 1260 AM, an Indianapolis radio station, Drew Storen has the love of sports running through his veins. He was an all-star pitcher of the baseball team at Brownsburg High School, winning countless awards and honors throughout his high school career. He has the longest win streak in Indiana history (40 wins), helped his team win the State Championship in 2005 (with a 9-0 record), and racked up 319 strikeouts, a massive number.
|Video of an interview with Brownsburg, Indiana native Drew Storen about his quick rise to the major leagues|
Drew Storen‘s accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed by Indianapolis media and Indiana sports associations. Storen racked up quite a few awards and recognitions during his tenure at Brownsburg High School: he made first team, all-state in 2006 and 2007, was named 2007 Athlete of the Year by the Hendricks County Flyer, made first team All-Metro West in the Indianapolis Star for three straight years (he was also their Metro-West High School Player of the Year in 2007), and was eventually ranked 49th out of 100 on Baseball America‘s list of Top 100 High School Prospects in 2007. Drew Storen’s success in high school paved the way for a two year run at Stanford, in which he went 12-4 and earned 116 strikeouts; he made the First All-Pac 10 Team both years.
|Video highlights of Brownsburg, Indiana native Drew Storen during the 2008 College World Series|
After being drafted by the Washington Nationals, Drew Storen spent only two years in minor league play before being promoted to the majors. In 2010, Storen began in the AA Harrisburg Senators, was brought up to the AAA Syracuse Chiefs by the end of April, and broke into the majors after only three weeks with the Chiefs. His quick rise to the big leagues is proof of this player’s incredible talent on the baseball diamond. So far, Drew Storen appears to be doing well with the Nationals: on his first major league start, Storen earned his first career strikeout against Matt Holliday. So far in the 2010 season, he’s posted a 3-3 record with 41 strikeouts and a 3.23 ERA, not too bad for a rookie straight out of the minor leagues.
|Video of Brownsburg, Indiana native Drew Storen pitching against the Cincinnati Reds in 2010|
Drew Storen is an inspiration to players of all sports from the small town of Brownsburg. If you work hard enough and have enough talent, even small town athletes can make the jump to the big leagues. This famous Brownsburg person, while a star of the local diamond, has yet to become a fixture in Major League Baseball, but his career is just beginning. Look for Drew Storen to become an even more famous Brownsburg son in the next few years.