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.
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.
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.
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.