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Adam Warren (baseball)

Adam Parrish Warren (born August 25, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. Before beginning his professional career, Warren pitched in college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Adam Warren
Adam Warren on May 22, 2013.jpg
Warren with the New York Yankees
Free agent
Born: (1987-08-25) August 25, 1987 (age 32)
Birmingham, Alabama
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 29, 2012, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record30–24
Earned run average3.53

Warren made his MLB debut with the Yankees on June 29, 2012. The Yankees traded him to the Cubs before the 2016 season, and the Cubs traded him back to the Yankees during the 2016 season. The Yankees traded Warren to the Mariners in 2018.

Early lifeEdit

College careerEdit

Warren attended New Bern High School and the University of North Carolina, where he played college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[1] As a sophomore, in 2007, Warren had a 12–0 win–loss record with a 2.17 earned run average (ERA) in 15 appearances.[3] In the summer of 2007, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Brewster Whitecaps,[4] and in 2008 he returned to join the league's Chatham A's. As a junior, he pitched to a 9–2 record with a 4.23 ERA in 18 games started.[3]

Warren took classes in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and was named to the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll in consecutive seasons.[2] He was also named to ESPN's Academic All-America Third Team in 2009.[5] He graduated with a 3.36 grade point average.[5]

Warren was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 36th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, but he did not sign, instead returning to UNC for his senior season.[5]

Professional careerEdit

New York YankeesEdit

After Warren's senior season, Warren was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees, with the 136th overall selection.[1][3] Warren signed with the Yankees, and made his professional debut that season with the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League.[3]

Warren started the 2010 season with the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, where he went 7–5 with a 2.22 ERA in 15 starts, before he was promoted to the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League.[6] On August 17, 2010, while pitching for the Thunder, Warren set a franchise record by striking out 15 batters in one game.[7] He was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the performance.[8] In 2011, pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Class AAA International League, Warren was named to the 24th Triple-A All-Star Game.[9]

Warren made his major-league debut for the Yankees on June 29, 2012, replacing an injured CC Sabathia in the Yankees' starting rotation.[1] Warren gave up 6 runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first start versus the Chicago White Sox, highlighted by a Gordon Beckham two-run double in the top of the 2nd inning and a solo home run to Paul Konerko to lead off the top of the 3rd inning. He was relieved by David Phelps in the top of the 3rd, and would receive a no-decision as the Yankees lost the game 14–7.[10] He was sent back down to Triple-A the very next day. Warren was called up to the Yankees on September 1, 2012, when the big league rosters expanded.[11]

On May 13, 2013, Warren got his first career save after pitching four scoreless innings of relief in a 7–0 win against the Cleveland Indians. He was optioned to Triple-A on June 14, 2013 after throwing six scoreless innings in the Yankees' 3–2 18-inning loss against the Oakland Athletics on the previous day. Warren appeared in 34 games, including 2 starts, pitching to a 3.39 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 77 innings.

During the 2014 season, Warren emerged as a key part of the Yankees bullpen, pitching ​78 23 innings in 69 games over the course of the season. He recorded a 2.97 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, along with three saves.

Despite pitching in the bullpen through most of the previous two seasons, Adam Warren began the 2015 season in the Yankees' starting rotation. Warren pitched well as a starter, attaining a 5–5 record with a 3.59 ERA over 82.2 innings (14 starts) and striking out 54. On June 29, he was moved back to the bullpen when Iván Nova returned from the DL.[12] Warren earned his first save of the season on July 28, when he pitched three perfect innings to end the Yankees' 21–5 win over the Texas Rangers.[13] Warren was inserted back into the rotation on September 15 following Nathan Eovaldi's season-ending shoulder injury, where he made three more starts to end the season.[14] Warren ended 2014 pitching ​131 13 innings, the most in his career, with a 7–7 record, 3.29 ERA and 104 strikeouts.

Chicago CubsEdit

On December 8, 2015, the Yankees traded Warren and a player to be named later (Brendan Ryan) to the Chicago Cubs for Starlin Castro.[15] Warren was sent down to Triple-A on June 21, 2016 in order to get stretched out as a starter.[16] He made his lone start of the season on July 6, when he allowed one earned run and struck out six.[17] On July 24, Warren was optioned to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs after posting a 5.91 ERA during the season in 29 games.[18]

New York Yankees (second stint)Edit

On July 25, the Cubs traded Warren back to the Yankees along with Billy McKinney, Gleyber Torres, and Rashad Crawford for Aroldis Chapman.[19] With the Yankees, Warren had a 3.26 ERA in 29 appearances. For the 2016 season as a whole, Warren pitched to a 7–4 record and a 4.68 ERA, striking out 52 batters in ​65 13 innings.

Warren was placed on the 10-day disabled list for the first time in his career on June 16, 2017 with right shoulder inflammation.[20] He was activated on July 4.[21]

Seattle MarinersEdit

On July 30, 2018, the Yankees traded Warren to the Seattle Mariners for international signing bonus pool space.[22]

San Diego PadresEdit

On March 1, 2019, Warren signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres. The deal includes a club option for 2020.[23]

Scouting reportEdit

Warren's fastball averages between 92 to 94 miles per hour (148–151 km/h). He often features a hard slider and a changeup.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Warren is married to his wife, Kristen.[24]


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  2. ^ a b "Q&A With Adam Warren – University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site". March 28, 2008. Retrieved June 29, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d Danny Wild (July 17, 2009). "Article | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  4. ^ Swartz, John (June 26, 2007). "UNC's Warren to play in Cape Cod League this summer". Sun Journal. Retrieved June 29, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b c Jess Huffman (June 8, 2009). "On the clock". Sun Journal. Retrieved June 29, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Wild, Danny. "Warren thunders to strikeout record | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  7. ^ Wild, Danny. "Warren thunders to strikeout record". Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  8. ^ "Warren Named EL Pitcher of the Week". Retrieved June 29, 2012.
  9. ^ "Pitcher Warren helps lift IL stars". The Times Leader. July 17, 2011. Retrieved July 25, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees Box Score, June 29, 2012 -".
  11. ^ "Yankees notebook: Club adds 6 Triple-A call-ups".
  12. ^ "RHP Warren headed back to Yankees' bullpen". Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "Yankees use 11-run inning in 21–5 comeback win at Texas". USA TODAY. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  14. ^ "New York Yankees: Adam Warren set to return to the rotation". OutsidePitchMLB. September 8, 2015. Archived from the original on July 31, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  15. ^ Yankees solidify second base with Cubs Castro
  16. ^ "Cubs' Adam Warren: Optioned to Triple-A, will stretch out as starter". Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  17. ^ "Adam Warren good, Cubs not good enough in 5–3 loss to Reds". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "Cubs Call Up Joe Nathan, Option Adam Warren To Triple-A". CBS Chicago. July 24, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  19. ^ Gonzales, Mark (July 25, 2016). "Cubs land marquee closer Aroldis Chapman from Yankees". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 25, 2016.
  20. ^ "Yankees place Adam Warren on disabled list". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  21. ^ "Yankees' CC Sabathia, Adam Warren activated from DL". NY Daily News. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  22. ^ "Yanks receive int'l cash from Mariners for Warren". July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  23. ^ "Adam Warren inks 1-year deal with Padres". MLB. March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
  24. ^ Cacciola, Scott (April 4, 2013). "A Long Relief Stint Helps the Yankees". The New York Times. Retrieved July 18, 2014.

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