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Minor League Mondays: A Spot Start

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With Saturday's doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles looming, the New York Yankees have lined up Adam Warren to be an option to start one of the games.  If Ivan Nova (ankle) can get into pitching shape by Saturday, he will likely take Warren's spot, but that appears to be up in the air at this point.

Although Warren's name gets thrown out fairly often on PSA, here's a scouting report and a 2011 stat-line to give a better idea of what we might be dealing with:

19 starts - 110.1 IP - 6-3 - 3.26 ERA - 3.80 FIP - 1.31 WHIP - 6.04 K/9 - 3.18 BB/9

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. 

Also, to bring up a name that hasn't really been brought up much, it might be time to keep an eye on AA outfielder Ray Kruml.  Kruml has blazing speed, which lets him cover a lot of ground in the outfield and be a terror on the base paths (31 out of 40 on SB on the year).  His 2011 batting line is currently .298/.341/.408 110 wRC+.  While already displaying the tools to be a valuable bench player at the major league level due to his legs and athleticism alone, an improvement in his walk rate could give him a very Brett Gardner-esque skill set.