Storen Says: Stanford Over Yankees

The midnight deadline is almost here for MLB clubs to sign their draft selections made in June. Righthanded pitcher Drew Storen was taken by the New York Yankees and made an offer, but he tells The Bootleg today that it is not enough to sway him from his Stanford plans.

Drew Storen, a 6'1" RHP/1B from Brownsburg (Ind.) High School, was rated as a prospect who could be taken in the early rounds of 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.  He fell, however, to the 34th round (#1050 overall, New York Yankees) due to signability concerns given his commitment to play college baseball at Stanford.

Tonight at 11:59pm is the signing deadline for clubs to ink their selections made in June during the 2007.  Cardinal and Yankees fans alike are wondering what Storen will do.

"Things have actually settled down for me kind of nicely.  It's not a very crazy day actually in my neighborhood," Storen says.  "They made their initial offer, and my dad and I kind of mapped out what they needed to do if they wanted me to sign for them.  We talked for a while, so they knew what they would have to do."

"I haven't heard anything new, so I take that as they don't think they can get me out of going to a great place like Stanford," he continues.  "The only call I would expect right now would be: 'Good luck, maybe in a couple years we'll get you.'  They knew what I was looking for, and I don't think they were going to call me back and throw something that they knew wouldn't get me."

How far apart were the Yankees and Storen?

"It wasn't a lot," Storen says.  "We were close - maybe a couple hundred thousand dollars.  It wasn't really night and day.  Obviously I was honored by the offer.  It was intriguing, but it wasn't what I was looking for to give up Stanford.  To be honest, Stanford is the best thing that has happened in my baseball career, and they knew it was going to take a lot for them to get me out of that."

"I can't wait to get out to Stanford," he adds.  "I think it's 31 days until I fly out there.  Not that I'm counting down."

Between his June selection by the Yankees and today's deadline, Storen says that he has been in regular contact with Stanford head coach Mark Marquess, who has not lost a player to the MLB Draft in years.

"Coach has calls me every week.  He kind of checks in on me and sees how everything is going, not just draft-wise but also how my summer is going.  He told me to call him and talk if things were getting close where I might sign.  We didn't really talk too much about it because we treated it like a bridge - we'll worry about it when it gets here."

Storen saw Marquess in person and had lunch during his July visit to the Bay Area, coinciding with the Major League Baseball All-Star game.  The prospective future Cardinal has also talked with former Stanford pitcher Blake Holler on the subject of college baseball versus signing out of high school.  During another trip, Storen was in Cooperstown (N.Y.) and received additional council from B.J. Surhoff.

"It's been helpful," Storen says.

Drew Storen notched a 30-2 record during his high school career at Brownsburg High School.  His senior season saw him throw 8-1 with a 0.89 ERA in 55 1/3 innings, striking out 86 batters while walking just eight.  Also a switch-hitting position player, Storen hit for an even .400 average in 2007 with a .526 on-base percentage, eight home runs and 33 RBI.

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