The Nationals have promoted right-hander Drew Storen from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse, said Doug Harris, the team's farm director. 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 joining the Nationals at some point this year. "There isn't a 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 first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and signed with the Nationals the following day. Storen believes signing with Washington 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 has 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. That's OK with Storen, and he is 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."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.