Last season, Adam Warren was one of the last pieces added to the New York Yankees’ bullpen out of Spring Training. However, as the season progressed, Warren found himself being used more and more by manager Joe Girardi. He wound up tallying 77 innings while posting a 3.39 ERA across 34 games which did include two starts. This season, with the Yankees’ bullpen undergoing an overhaul in the wake of Mariano Rivera’s retirement and the losses of Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan to free agency, the Yankees have looked to Warren to fill a major role.
The Yankees hoped Warren would play a key role heading into this season but an injury to closer David Robertson forced Shawn Kelley into the closer’s role and pushed Warren into the role of the primary eighth inning set-up man. So far, Warren has impressed.
Through five games Warren has allowed only two hits and two walks while striking out five. He owns a 0.80 WHIP. This is just a tiny sample size and is by no means indicative that Warren will suddenly become the next Mariano or even the next Robertson. However, he is proving to be a reliable arm and has shown a coolness under pressure.
Warren never had a lot of hype surrounding him as a prospect like Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes. He was considered a fifth or sixth starter, someone who could potentially hold down the backend of a rotation or be a long man out of the bullpen. However, few could have envisioned that Warren would be the Yankees’ eighth inning man in just his second full season in the Major Leagues.
The Yankees, with a groin injury to Robertson, need Warren and Girardi has shown a confidence in Warren who has rewarded that confidence so far this season. If the Yankees hope to make the playoffs and make a run to the World Series this year they will need Warren to continue to be as dependable as he has been so far in this young season.