May 24, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) records a save against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
While Scherzer and Harper are locks to make the All-Star Game, the rest of the Nationals roster holds a few fringe players that deserve to make it but may be left on the outside looking in. One of the names is Drew Storen, the Nats closer who has been absolutely filthy so far this season. Converting 24 of 26 save opportunities to the tune of a 2.03 ERA and 6.00 SO/BB ratio, Storen has been the most underrated closer in the National League.
While Storen doesn’t hold the name recognition other established NL closers like Craig Kimbrel and Trevor Rosenthal have earned, that does not take away from his impact on the field this season. Among NL closers that have recorded at least 20 saves this season, Storen ranks in the top three in saves, walks allowed, home runs allowed, BAA, FIP, and WHIP.
Despite posting a sub-3.00 ERA in three of the past four seasons, Storen has never made the All-Star Game. During his career, he has seen fellow bullpen arms like Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps make the trip to the Midsummer Classic, but he has yet to make the trip himself.
His playoff meltdowns are a distant memory, Drew Storen has revitalized his young career and deserves a spot on the National League All-Star Team. Only 27-years old, Drew has been the third best player on the Nats, shortening games on a consistent basis and providing manager Matt Williams with a rock in the ninth inning that he can depend on.