We’ve already had a chance to see David Phelps and D.J. Mitchell this season — two of the three arms in the Yankees’ system considered to be the most major-league read — and tonight we’ll have the opportunity to see the third. With CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte both on the DL, the 24-year-old Adam Warren will make his big league debut tonight against the Chicago White Sox.
“I saw a big difference in him from last spring training to this spring training,” Joe Girardi said before Thursday’s series opener. “A lot of those kids – Phelpsie and Mitchell – where they felt like they belonged and were able to relax. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of butterflies tomorrow, but hopefully he can get through that first inning and settle down.”
While Phelps seems to be the Yankees’ favorite of this young pitching trio, he’s currently in the minors being stretched out after a stint as a reliever. That leaves the door open for Warren, who Girardi said impressed him during a spring training start against the Red Sox.
“It wasn’t where he just saw right-handed hitters – he saw pretty much their full lineup,” Girardi said. “I thought he pitched down in the zone, I thought he pitched in, I thought his breaking ball was outstanding, and I thought he used his changeup. It did stick out in my mind. It gave us a lot to think about when we were trying to decide who our 12th pitcher was.”
Warren joined the team yesterday, which Girardi hopes helped him begin to feel acclimated.
“We got him here today thinking that he can get used to his surroundings, relax a bit, watch the game and feel the atmosphere before he goes out there tomorrow,” Girardi said. “I did talk to him and congratulate him for being called up. When you see a young guy come up, enjoy the moment. Take a second to realize where you are, what you’ve accomplished and your opportunity here. And then just go to work.”