Yankees Prospect Profile: RHP Adam Warren

Background

Adam Warren, 23, is a right handed pitcher listed at 6-1 and 200-pounds. He was born in New Bern, North Carolina on August 25, 1987. He went to New Bern High School and later went to the University of North Carolina. Warren was drafted in the 36th round of the 2008 draft by the Cleveland Indians, but did not sign and was drafted again in the 4th round of the 2009 draft by the Yankees. He was given a $195,000 signing bonus.

Pro Career

After signing with the Yankees Warren was assigned to the Short Season-A Staten Island Yankees. He dominated there en route to leading the Baby Bombers to a league championship. In 56.2 innings his ERA was 1.43 with a 7.9 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9. He also threw 10.2 innings in the playoffs, allowing just two runs.

Clearly dominating the competition, Warren was promoted to High-A Tampa the following year. What followed was more domination. In his first 15 games Warren threw 81 innings with a 2.22 ERA. His K/9 dipped slightly against the tougher competition to 7.4 and his BB/9 rose to 1.9.

That earned him a promotion to Double-A Trenton barely a year after being drafted. In 10 games in Trenton he threw 54.1 innings with a 3.15 ERA, a 9.8 K/9, and a 2.7 BB/9. Overall in 2010 Warren had a 2.59 ERA, a 8.4 K/9, and a 2.2 BB/9 over 135.1 innings.

On August 17, 2010 Warren set a Trenton Thunder record by striking out 15 batters in a single game.

Scouting Report

He really throws two fastballs, a two-seamer and a four-seamer. His two-seamer comes in at around 90-92 mph, but his four seamer is his real bread and butter coming in at around 93-96. His pinpoint control is what really sets his fastball apart from others.

Warren also uses a mix of sliders, curveballs, and changeups to catch hitters off guard. He used a curve in college, but the Yankees have put in a lot of work on improving it and it has become his best pitch. Warren’s changeup has also become a great pitch for him because he is able to locate it so well, but it does not have exceptional break.

2011 Outlook

Things went about as well as they could have gone for Warren in the future. He’ll look to continue that in 2011. The thing he needs now is just health and innings and he should be in the Bronx in no time. It’s likely he’ll start the season in Double-A, but it’s not out of the question that he could start in Triple-A. Either way, he’ll be there as soon as a rotation spot opens at that level and could easily be in the Bronx by the end of the year if all goes well.

If he doesn’t reach the majors in 2011 expect him to be either contending for a rotation spot in the Bronx in 2012 or, at the very least, contending for a spot in the bullpen.

Stats

Year Tm Lev W L ERA G IP H ER BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2009 Staten Island A- 4 2 1.43 12 56.2 49 9 10 50 1.041 7.8 0.2 1.6 7.9
2010 2 Teams A+-AA 11 7 2.59 25 135.1 121 39 33 126 1.138 8.0 0.3 2.2 8.4
2010 Tampa A+ 7 5 2.22 15 81.0 72 20 17 67 1.099 8.0 0.2 1.9 7.4
2010 Trenton AA 4 2 3.15 10 54.1 49 19 16 59 1.196 8.1 0.3 2.7 9.8
2 Seasons 15 9 2.25 37 192.0 170 48 43 176 1.109 8.0 0.2 2.0 8.2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/20/2011.
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2 Responses to Yankees Prospect Profile: RHP Adam Warren

  1. highlander64 says:

    got to love this guy…lots of horses in the stable…

  2. Mindkind says:

    Another pitching prospect with great potential. I say start him at Double-A and move quickly to Triple-A if he pitches well at Double-A. I know they say that out of like six pitchers maybe one will make it, but the Yankees have a lot quality arms down in the farm; I'm looking for more than three to be part of the ML startting rotation. I know some might say that I'm stretching it, but hey I'm just excited. Anyway, look at the Giants how many of their pitching prospects made it to the big club?