Over the years, Adam Warren has been shuffled around quite a bit between the rotation and the bullpen. He has also been vocal about wanting to be used as a starting pitcher, and just about every year he’s been in the mix for the last spot in the rotation. This year, Warren was used exclusively out of the bullpen and he pitched really well. Maybe we’ll finally see him stick there.
The Yankees got off to a strong start this year, and so did Warren. In April, he faced 48 total batters, and gave up just four hits and three walks. His ERA ballooned in May, but that was due to three bad outings during which he gave up seven total runs. He was forced to hit the disabled list in mid-June after experiencing right shoulder inflammation in Anaheim (this is yet another example of why the Yankees’ June road trip to California was awful). Warren was able to return before the All-Star break and finished the first half with a .142 BAA along with a 0.82 WHIP.
Warren continued to pitch well in July, but went through a rough patch towards the end of August. During that time, he gave up five earned runs over four straight appearances against the Red Sox (twice), Tigers, and Indians. The Yankees went on to lose three of those four games, though the loses weren’t all his fault.
Shortly after that, Warren returned to the disabled list with back spasms. He ended up missing a full month while dealing with the injury, but returned to pitch one more game in the regular season. He finished the season with a 2.35 ERA and impressive 0.87 WHIP through 57.1 innings.
Warren also finally made his postseason debut this year. He surrendered one run during the ALDS, but tossed 3.1 scoreless innings against the Astros. Regardless of the Yankees’ final outcome in the ALCS, you can’t ask for much more than that.
As long as he stays healthy, the Yankees can count on Warren to be a reliable reliever once again next year.