Today the Reds signed RHP Drew Storen to a 1-year Major League contract through the 2017 season.
Earlier today, RHP Tyrell Jenkins was claimed off waivers by the Padres.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: The Indianapolis native was the Nationals’ No. 1 pick (10th overall) in the June 2009 first-year player draft…after making his professional debut that summer played for Phoenix in the prestigiousArizona Fall League, where he was an All-Star and a member of the All-Prospects Team…when traded to the Blue Jays in January 2016, his career strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 3.34 was the highest in Nationals history for a reliever…his 95 career saves for the Nationals ranks second on their all-time list (Chad Cordero, 113)…
in his junior and senior seasons at nearby Brownsburg (IN) High School was a teammate of Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, who as a freshman and sophomore caught Storen.
• In 57 relief apps for the Nationals and Blue Jays combined to finish 4-3, 5.23 with 3 saves in 4 opps (51.2ip, 56h, 13bb, 48k, 7hr).
• In January was traded from Wsh to Tor for OF Ben Revere and a player to be named…on 7/24 was designated for assignment by the Jays, and 2 days later was traded to the Mariners for RHP Joaquin Benoit.
• Posted a 10.13 ERA in 10 apps in April (8ip, 9er) and then a 4.33 ERA in his last 47 apps of the season.
• In his Mariners debut on 7/27 at Pit allowed 4 earned runs in 1.1 innings, then recorded a 1.59 ERA in his last 18 apps of the year.
• Earned his 3 saves, all for the Blue Jays, in a 4-3 win at Bos on 4/18, a 5-2 win vs LAD on 5/6 and 4-2 win vs NYY on 5/30.
• His 3-game winning streak from 8/6-9/26, covering 12 apps (3-0, 2.08), was the longest of his career.
• In August spent time on Sea’s disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
• Following the season became a free agent…on 1/3/17 was signed by the Reds to a 1-year contract through the 2017 season.
2015: Posted 27 saves prior to the All-Star Game, third-most in the Major Leagues…in his first 38 apps of
the season through 7/22 posted 29 saves and a 1.73 ERA…in his last 20 apps of the season beginning 7/29,
following the 7/28 acquisition of Jonathan Papelbon, did not record a save while posting a 6.75 ERA…that season-ending stretch included a 9.22 ERA in his final 15 apps…suffered a broken thumb the second week of September and missed the last 3 weeks of the season…made his last appearance on 9/9.
2014: In 65 relief apps posted a 1.12 ERA, the best among all National League qualifying relievers and the lowest ERA ever by a Nationals reliever…on 9/16 at Atl threw 7 pitches, all strikes, to save the 3-0 victory that clinched Wsh’s NL East Division title…beginning 8/7, did not allow a run in his last 23 apps of the season (20ip).
2012: Missed the first 89 games of the season while recovering from 4/11/12 surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow (Dr. Wiemi Douoguih).
2011: With 43 saves became just the second Nationals reliever to produce at least 40 in a season (Chad Cordero, 47, 2005)…ranked among NL relief pitching leaders in saves (T4th), wins (6, T5th) and save percentage (89.6, T6th).
2010: Made his Major League debut less than a calendar year after he was drafted…was the second player from the 2009 first-year player draft to reach the majors, behind Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake…made his first career appearance on 5/17 at StL (0.2ip, 1k)…ranked among National League rookie pitchers in strikeouts (52, 4th), strikeouts per 9 innings (8.5, 5th), strikeouts-to-walks ratio (2.4, 5th), holds (10, 5th), batting average against (.241, 5th) and apps (54, 5th).