Nationals call up relief prospect Drew Storen

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storen uniform.jpgAccording to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Nationals have purchased the contract of relief prospect Drew Storen from Triple-A Syracuse.  He will meet up with the team on Monday in St. Louis.

Storen unsurprisingly beat fellow 2009 first-round draft pick Stephen Strasburg to the big leagues.  He kicked off this season at Double-A Harrisburg and posted a 0.96 ERA, 11/1 K/BB ratio and a 0.64 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings before earning a promotion to Triple-A.  In Syracuse he surrendered only one earned run in 6 2/3 innings.  The 22-year-old will likely serve in a setup role for the Nationals for now, but projects as a possible future closer.

Strasburg has been equally impressive, but the Nats have more reason to prevent him from reaching Super Two status.  Storen is a reliever and will never command the kind of money that Strasburg one day could.

Rockies expect Seunghwan Oh back in 2019

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Rockies reliever Seunghwan Oh recently said to the Yonhap News Agency that he wanted to return to South Korea to finish out his career. He has one year and $2.5 million remaining. His 2019 club option became guaranteed when he reached 70 appearances in the 2018 regular season. It sounded like Oh didn’t want to pitch for the Rockies next season. Oh said, “I am a bit exhausted after spending five seasons in Japan and the United States. I feel like I want to return to the KBO while I still have the energy to help the team and pitch in front of home fans. I can’t make this decision alone. I’ll have to speak with my agency about the next season.”

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich has a different sense of the situation, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Bridich said, “From what we have been told, it was much ado about nothing regarding Oh. His comments to the Korean media were not specifically about 2019. It was more about ending his career there. Our understanding is that he has every intention of honoring his current contract.”

Oh, 36, pitched 68 1/3 innings this past season between the Blue Jays (47 innings) and Rockies (21 1/3). In aggregate, he posted a 2.63 ERA with a 79/17 K/BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings. The Rockies have the bulk of their bullpen returning next year, save for Adam Ottavino who is a free agent.