Even though he failed to record a win in May, the former University of North Carolina pitcher…
Warren Waiting For His Break
Coming off his second Spring Training with the Yankees, Warren, despite a slow start in his first four games, feels much more comfortable and prepared to start his first full season in Triple-A.
"I just wanted to show that I could go out there and attack hitters and that I wasn't afraid to pitch at that level," Warren said of his spring with the Yankees. "I wanted to show I could handle the pressure and handle certain situations and being my second camp I was much more comfortable.
"I was just trying to be a sponge and soak everything up and really learn and felt being more comfortable in this camp I was able to do that and it was good experience."
Warren's poise has flashed at times in his four starts thus far for Scranton. He's gone 2-1 with an inflated 6.10 ERA that helps disguise two quality starts, including a season high five strikeouts while throwing 101 pitches over six innings in a 5-2 victory over Rochester on April 19.
"I got to work my slider a bit in camp and I think I proved my self that I could pitch to those hitters and it was a big confidence boost," Warren said.
That confidence boost has followed Warren as he has proven to be a very dependable starter in the Scranton rotation, but also feels he will be ready for a roll as a reliever if called upon.
"I won't limit my self to a starter or reliever and I'm willing to do whatever they ask me to do," he said. "I did get a few starts, but I was coming more out of the bullpen [in the spring] so it's just been getting into that five-day rotation rhythm."
Watching close friend and former teammate David Phelps' early season success has Warren excited for his opportunity.
"David's one of my best friends and it's exciting for him and us. It shows that any of us in Triple-A can come up and help the team," he said.
Warren feels close and that it's just a matter of him waiting for his break.
"My arm is feeling good and my pitches are coming along and I feel like I'm real close to putting everything together.
"Leaving camp, I felt really close to where I want to be mechanically and pitch wise and I'll get a few more starts and I'll be waiting for that break."
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