Warren Bouncing Back

Warren has allowed two runs in his last two starts

All baseball players wish they could make an immediate impact when joining the big league club for the first time. For some the game does pan out that way. For Adam Warren, his start was quite the opposite. Yet the 24-year-old's mood was not dampened.

Warren understands what he needs to accomplish in order to successfully rebound after being optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following his first career start with the New York Yankees.

"I think one of the bigger things was making adjustments in the middle of the game," Warren said. "I think one of the things I didn't do up in the big leagues was not making the adjustments I needed to make and that's what I'm trying to do is when I get into a tough spot is to step off the mound and figure out what is going on and then make the adjustment and then get back pitching."

In his first start back from New York on July 5th, Warren faltered early against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He allowed six runs through his first three innings but was able to recuperate and pitch three scoreless innings after that.

The University of North Carolina standout once again faced pressure in The Opening innings of his first start after the All-Star Game. Warren did not succumb. He went on to pitch seven scoreless innings to record a no-decision against the Syracuse Chiefs.

"It was a good one," he said. "I'm just trying to be aggressive in the zone and I felt like I got some early outs and worked through some early trouble and I got into a rhythm and it felt good."

One of the adjustments the 6-foot-2 pitcher learned in the majors was how to strongly bounce back between innings.

"If one inning I go out there and I don't have my best stuff I try to analyze it and say ‘what do I need to do in the next inning to do better?' so I'm really trying to make those adjustments," Warren said.

Warren pitched himself into and out of jams through out the course of his last outing [July 17th against Charlotte Knights]. He never recorded a one-two-three inning but he did limit the Knights to two runs while stranding seven runners in scoring position during his five and two-thirds innings pitched.

"[Responding from tough innings] is through mental toughness. It may or may not be your worse inning but I'm constantly trying to learn on the mound and in the dugout when I come off the mound and make the necessary adjustments," Warren added. "That is one thing I've been really focusing on in the last couple of outings."

Over the course of those three starts since rejoining Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the right-hander pitched 11 and two-thirds consecutive scoreless innings.

Warren feels the deeper he goes in his outings the stronger he becomes. He prides himself in trying to go the distance each start and that attitude helped him receive his first career major league start.

By making adjustments against the opponent at the plate and in between innings, Adam Warren believes he can make an impact when facing more consistent and disciplined major league batters again.

"One of my goals was to make it to the big leagues and another one of my goals was to stay and be successful in the major leagues. I'm halfway there and I'm working hard down here in the minor leagues trying to make the necessary changes and adjustments to get to where I need to be," Warren concluded.

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