Nats take Storen with 10th pick

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UPDATE AT 7 P.M.: The Nationals have selected right-hander Drew Storen with the 10th overall selection in tonight’s draft. A closer from Stanford University, Storen was one of several players who worked out at Nationals Park last week, and he seems like a natural pick for a Washington team that desperately needs bullpen help.

“With a power arm, intelligence and off-the-chart makeup, Drew possesses all the physical and innate tools necessary for late-inning success in the big leagues,” acting GM Mike Rizzo said in a press release. “Drew’s accomplishments against top-flight competition in the Pac-10 speak volumes about his vast talents and bright big league future.”

Storen went 7-1 with seven saves and a 3.80 ERA in 28 games for Stanford this season. He’s 6-foot-2, 175 pounds and was only a sophomore. But he’s seen as a fast-track pitcher, and it’s not to believe he could be pitching out of the Nats’ bullpen before the end of the summer.

There were several intriguing (and perhaps surprising) names still on the board when the Nats’ turn came up. Aaron Crow, last year’s pick who failed to sign, was still there. So was Grant Green, the shortstop from USC. Ultimately, the Nats went with what was clearly a “need” pick.

Here’s how the entire top 10 shook out…

1. Washington Nationals — Stephen Strasburg, RHP, San Diego State

2. Seattle Mariners — Dustin Ackley, OF, North Carolina

3. San Diego Padres — Donovan Tate, OF, Cartersville, Ga.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates — Tony Sanchez, C, Boston College

5. Baltimore Orioles — Matt Hobgood, RHP, Norco, Calif.

6. San Francisco Giants — Zack Wheeler, RHP, Dallas, Ga.

7. Atlanta Braves — Mike Minor, LHP, Vanderbilt

8. Cincinnati Reds — Mike Leake, RHP, Arizona State

9. Detroit Tigers — Jacob Turner, RHP, Chesterfield, Mo.

10. Washington Nationals — Drew Storen, RHP, Stanford

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