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Warren sees opportunity for larger role

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 06, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Adam Warren

Young players always talk about their dream of playing in the big leagues. But let’s be honest, that’s not the dream. No one fantasizes about being a fifth outfielder, backup catcher or mop-up reliever. Small roles get a player to The Show — and that in itself is a dream come true — but it’s not the dream.

“I’m a patient guy,” Adam Warren said. “I’m pretty laid back, but the competitor in you kind of wants to pitch the big innings. You have to ease your way into it a little bit. I think pitching in some games that aren’t very close, if I take the mindset that, in my mind it’s close, then when you start getting into close games, it’s kind of the same feeling. You’re just going out there and pitching. You just have to be patient and see what comes your way.”

Injuries open opportunities. They open the door for guys like Preston Claiborne to get to the big leagues, and they open the door for guys like Jayson Nix, Chris Stewart and Warren to take on larger roles. When Joba Chamberlain went on the disabled list, and Dave Robertson was unavailable with a hamstring injury on Friday, Warren stepped into a two-run game and pitched three scoreless innings. He allowed some base runners, but got some big outs and did his part to give the Yankees a chance in a tight game.

“We lost (so) it can’t be too satisfying,” Warren said. “But it’s a step in the right direction. I just want to keep taking steps in the right direction and not take a step back. … Obviously we’re hoping these guys get back as fast as possible, but while they’re out we’ve just got to try to step up as a bullpen and eat innings as much as possible. I do see it as an opportunity to kind of improve myself a little bit.”

A year ago, David Phelps broke camp in the Warren role. He was a long reliever with no big league track record, and he was used primarily in extreme situations. But he pitched pretty well, opportunities presented themselves, and Phelps became a trusted and versatile part of the pitching staff.

You can bet Warren was paying attention.

“You just have to stay mentally focused,” he said. “Things can change so quick. For me personally, I try to have a good attitude about whatever role I’m in. Opportunities arise. You do have to stay kind of mentally focused even though you may not be pitching in games that are close to start out with, just try to stay sharp for when you do get that opportunity.”

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92 Responses to “Warren sees opportunity for larger role”

  1. blake May 6th, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Good attitude….he just needs to pitch well and the rest will take care of itself

  2. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Blake-

    Simmons put on a show tonight.

  3. blake May 6th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Simmons is really good….he might be best defensive SS in baseball already and he’s learning to hit

  4. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Blake-

    3 hits, 2 dingers, 4 ribbies, and several excellent fielding plays.

    But amazingly JU didn’t hit one out.

    He seems to be stuck at 12.

    Had 2 hits though.

  5. Jerkface May 6th, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I like Warren, I’m glad he is no longer getting shelled every outing. I liked him because he had 3 fastballs all that move a different way. You can win with that.

    I think he is more a bullpen guy than Phelps is long term, but I’d like both of them to get a shot to maximize their contributions.

  6. blake May 6th, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I don’t think Phelps or Warren either one are ideally starters for the Yanks long term…..they can still have value as swing guys or spot starters. Phelps has his chance to be more now…..

  7. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Blake-

    How do figure Phelps has his chance now ?

    He is likely to get only 1 more, or at most 2 more starts.

    Even if he is really impressive, which he has been in the past, I believe as soon as Nova is healthy he’ll get his spot back.

    Do you see it differently ?

  8. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Guess not.

    Have a good night.

    :)

  9. Jerkface May 6th, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Do you see it differently ?

    No, and if the Yankees arent going to start him they should trade him at starter’s value.

  10. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Donnie Collins@RailRidersTT 5m
    Wang told me that he has been told 25 percent of his pitches must be off-speed, either the curve or the change (to lefties).
    ___
    He’s got to integrate the curve and change more if he wants to get any shot at the majors, but probably why he didn’t pitch as well tonight; might have affected his sinker…
    ____
    I don’t see either Phelps or Warren as future Yankee SP’s either.

  11. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    But Wang had 0 BB, 5 K, 8/0 GB/FB… So, at least that was good.

  12. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    YF-

    “I don’t see either Phelps or Warren as future Yankee SP’s either.”

    Is that because you don’t think Phelps has the talent to be successful as a SP, or because the Yankees simply won’t give the chance ?

    Just curious.

  13. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    JF-

    They’d rather just Mendoza-ize him.

  14. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    I think the Yankees don’t view Phelps as their ideal SP type. Although I think he certainly could succeed as a back end SP.

  15. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    YF-

    So it’s because the Yankees won’t give him the opportunity then.

    I think he can be successful, and they are wasting a SP IMO.

    Even a #4 guy has value.

    ;)

  16. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I thought the Yankees were a development Team.

    ;)

  17. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Poor David. Even thought he likely can be an effective ML pitcher he just isn’t sexy enough for the Yankees.

    :(

  18. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    MTU, they prefer power arms. If they don’t “Mendoza” him. then, they may “IPK” him. We’ll see, but they know that he is useful and versatile, RP and spot starter. And yes, he has more value as a SP, but they will prefer Nova once he comes back, even with his command issues because of his higher ceiling.

  19. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    With that in mind.

    Good luck Vidal.

    And anyone else who doesn’t light up a radar gun.

    :(

  20. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    YF-

    I think, in part, some of that is a mistaken perspective.

    Velocity is not everything.

    Hasta manana.

  21. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    MTU, that about sums it up.

  22. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Or if not Nova, Pineda…

    Buenas noches, MTU!

  23. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    YF-

    Unfortunately, it does.

  24. fantasygame101 May 6th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    After the allegation, buchholz pitched worse, coincidence? Guess wang will take longer. Adams should take ground balls at third, 2b, 1b to make him more versatile to carry in the majors but girardi will sit him anyway.

  25. Rich in NJ May 6th, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Warren has earned a bigger role.

  26. MTU May 6th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    YF-

    Last thing.

    And if AP and Kuroda hang ‘em up.

    And they can’t re-sign Hughes.

    And Pineda can’t stay healthy.

    Ivan can’t find consistency

    What then ?

    See where I’m going ?

    Good night for real this time.

    ;)

  27. Rich in NJ May 6th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    “I don’t see either Phelps or Warren as future Yankee SP’s either.”

    I do, at least temporarily, because they are going to need cost-controlled options to offset the higher end starters/position players.

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock May 6th, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Look to the west, metro-area Yankee fans:

    Betances on the rise :D

  29. Rich in NJ May 6th, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I don’t know what Betances end up being but he was a very good value pick, unlike say, Bichette and Culver.

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock May 6th, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    He’s about to pay off Rich.

  31. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    Yes, if they have no one to fill the void, then I get the cost controlled aspect, but I doubt two of our starting five will be Warren and Phelps. They love big velo from their youth; only vets are permitted to be wily soft tossing SP’s. But we shall see.

  32. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    And JRam should move pretty quickly if all goes well…

  33. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Rich, yep, but that was before we became risk averse.

  34. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    …and cheap.

  35. J. Alfred Prufrock May 6th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Gil Patterson’s input probably deserves some credit. All I know is, Dellin’s back to inducing comicallly feeble ground balls, is down in
    The
    Zone and blowing the high heat by hitters again and yesterday he was using his change
    To good effect. Still BB’ing some
    but those guys aren’t going anywhere.

  36. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Pruf, I need to get out to SWB, but at least the cameras are finally working, and the visuals ain’t bad at all. Maybe they’ll actually have sound by Dellin’s next start.

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock May 6th, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Will miss Jo-Ram tomorrow
    Night I can’t trust the Penguins to their own devices :)

  38. J. Alfred Prufrock May 6th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Yf
    Here’s hoping :)

  39. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Also Manny should hopefully be pitching by the end of this season, or so he said. Not sure if they’ll let him pitch in live games though.

  40. yankeefeminista May 6th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Good Night!

  41. Rich in NJ May 6th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    yf

    It depends. Does Hughes stay at $10m+; is Pineda able to remain healthy and effective; does Nova ever become the 2nd half 2011 version again; does Betances and or Banuelos contribute as starters. All those things probably won’t happen all at once. Even if Hal spends more than $189m, he probably will look to keep spending circumscribed.

    Risk averse or money-conscious?

  42. Bo knows May 7th, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Personally I like Warren better than Phelps. Sitting 92-94 with movement on the FB, CU and CB This is just first impressions, but what’s not to like?

  43. Pat M. May 7th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Rich in NJ…….The guy to keep an eye on and will be a quick mover is Mr. Campos. He very well could be a call-up in August / September 2014……All that the organization is looking for ward this season is to move away from the surgery, stay healthy and move up in class….Next season is when he’ll be a player ready for a move to the Bronx.

  44. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 7th, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Chad, I apologize for not further commenting earlier about the SS/3B topic and appreciate your response. Thanks for this great, informative blog…keep up the fantastic work my man!!

  45. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 7th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Btw, I JUST added Simmons to my fantasy team earlier in the day because Brandon Crawford has been cold lately. My squad is off to a good start this week thanks to young Andrelton :D

  46. Jerkface May 7th, 2013 at 1:26 am

    The guy to keep an eye on and will be a quick mover is Mr. Campos. He very well could be a call-up in August / September 2014……All that the organization is looking for ward this season is to move away from the surgery, stay healthy and move up in class….Next season is when he’ll be a player ready for a move to the Bronx.

    As a reliever? he has never had more than 80 innings in the minors.

  47. Jerkface May 7th, 2013 at 1:37 am

    He also has a 6 ERA in low A right now. He needs to pitch an entire season. Then pitch another entire fullseason before they even think of calling him up. He has 1 pitch.

  48. blake May 7th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    “Do you see it differently ?”

    MTU from last night…..yea I think if Phelps pitches well then there is no guarantee that Nova will just be given his spot back…..or he shouldn’t .

  49. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Good morning
    Anyone up?

    From NY Post/Davidoff:

    6.85-Kuroda’s ERA at Coors in four starts

    7.34-Yankees starting pitchers ERA in 30.2 innings in 6 games from notables like Clemens, Mussina, and Pettitte

    No DH

    Facing two lefties

    Will the depleted Yankees offense be able to match the Rockies run for run?

  50. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    There may be a case that lefty Nuno be given the chance to be the fifth starter.

  51. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Good morning Blake

    Enclosed are all team batting and pitching stats.

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/batting

    Rockies hit for average, lead in homers and are near rhe top in runs scored plus have an ERA of 3.87, same as the Yankees.

    Does anyone know how many of the Yankees forty homers are solo shots, because the Yankees are in the middle of the pack in runs scored?

  52. RadioKev May 7th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Yanks should be able to sell off at least one of these pitchers for a piece come the trade deadline. I’d probably only do one just to keep that good depth.

  53. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Playing against a lefty. Who plays?

    Infield of Overbay, Cano, Nix and Nelson
    Outfield of Wells, Gardner, Ichiro/ Francisco
    Catcher Stewart or Romine

    Lot of holes against lefty de la Rosa

  54. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Kev

    If the Yankees don’t see Warren, Phelps, Nuno as starters next year, and lose Hughes to FA and Kuroda and Pettitte to retirement AND don’t plan on signing any of the mediocre Possible FA starters like Haren, Vargas, Garza, then find me five after Sabathia and maybe Nova if he’s not dealt for a bat?

  55. blake May 7th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    @WheresKernan: Arod feels like a kid again!http://t.co/92mnmOmMVn

    Oh please

  56. blake May 7th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Trader,

    Who knows who will play really….Joe doesn’t have a ton of options

  57. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Find five total starters
    CC
    Maybe Pineda and Nova

    Fill in the blanks.

  58. Jesus Bustero May 7th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Yeah, a kid with a prosthetic hip.

  59. Jesus Bustero May 7th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    CC
    Pettitte
    Pineda
    Nova
    Phelps

    depth

    Warren
    Nuno
    Banuelos
    Jose Ramirez

    Trade Hughes for a really nice return.

  60. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Blake

    ARod had a driver bring him in a Cadillac Escalade and one pick him up in a Mercedes Maybach.

    Cousin Sucart?

    Any word if MLB will come down with any decisions on supposed involvement of some players in the Miami clinic?

  61. Jesus Bustero May 7th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Wells
    Granderson/Gardner
    Ichiro

    depth

    Boesch
    Heathcott
    Flores
    Austin
    M. Williams

    Trade Granderson or Gardner for a really nice return.

  62. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Blake-

    I don’t know if I agree with you regarding Nova/Phelps.

    My feeling is that even if Phelps does well in his next start and Nova is healthy after that Nova gets his job back. Nova only loses it if he falls flat on his face.

    And that was my point. It almost doesn’t matter what David does. Seems like the only way he gets a chance is if someone goes down.

    He just isn’t sexy enough to suit the Yankee decision makers.

    Kind of a shame because you don’t need a whole rotation filled with power guys.

    Take a look at Tampa. Not all their guys light up a radar gun.

    I think Phelps can be every bit as effective as a guy like Cobb for example.

  63. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I don’t see Hughes signing or even offered an extension, before hitting Free agency five days after the end of the WS. If the Yankees haven’t signed Cano by then, they’ll be too wrapped up with him.

    Hughes might want the chance if offered to return close to home and pitch in NL in a pitcher friendly park for the Padres or Dodgers.

  64. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Anything could happen with Hughes.

    Or AP.

    Or Kuroda.

    Or Pineda.

    Or Nova.

    That leaves CC.

    Still think Phelps is worthless ?

    Or perhaps we prefer another retread ?

    ;)

  65. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Phelps does have some other qualities you like to see in a starter :

    He works fast and has a good pickoff move to first.

    One day off the rest of May and a makeup DH against the Indians. Yankees will need a whole lot more in the pitching department, to remain near the top of the standings this month.

  66. pat May 7th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    craigcalcaterra
    100% say-all-the-right-things interview from A-Rod. So writer, obviously frustrated there’s no hate fodder, must note the cost of his car.

  67. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    And don’t forget to ignore Romine and Musty.

    They’re too young and inexperienced to help.

    ;)

  68. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    YT-

    I just don’t think they treat Phelps with much respect.

    He’s seen as a gofer. A jack of all trades. Master of none.

    You know what I think of that POV.

    ;)

  69. blake May 7th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    “My feeling is that even if Phelps does well in his next start and Nova is healthy after that Nova gets his job back. Nova only loses it if he falls flat on his face.”

    Nova hasn’t pitched well in a long time ….maybe you’re right but I don’t think that “should ” be the case if Phelps pitches well

  70. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    MTU

    YF mentioned that the Yankees like power arms. Hopefully Pineda beats. The odds and develops that third pitch, and makes it back- trimmer and wiser!

    Then we can rekindle trying to resign Joba to add another power arm, since Sabathia is looking more and more to be more of a crafty off speed pitcher.

  71. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Blake-

    Shoulds are not very important when it comes to the Yankees.

    They have a bias towards power arms and I think that POV is a little misguided in some instances.

    ;)

  72. 86w183 May 7th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    It would be stunning to see the Yanks trade Hughes or Granderson or anyone else for a “nice return” which to me is code for prospects. Now if the Angels want to talk deal involving Trumbo and Hughes that would be different.

    I also don’t expect anyone to be extended, but both Hughes and Cano will get competitive offers before hitting free agency.

    I’m more concerned about the next 132 games than the off-season. Nice to see David Adams playing at 1B (and he had two hits). He oculd be a nice addition to keep Overbay from playing against LHP.

  73. blake May 7th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    MTU,

    Maybe….if everything goes right then bothbarenplace holders for Pineda anyways in theist optimistic scenario

  74. 86w183 May 7th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    A control lefty in the midst of power arms is even more effective. Balance in all things grasshopper. Nuno between Kuroda and Hughes would be a nice trio.

  75. blake May 7th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Heathcott is off the interstate now so maybe he will start hitting…..JR murphey still mashing at AA

  76. Mike Ri May 7th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Rodriguez got into his Maybach, a vehicle that sells for about $416,000,

    —-
    DAMN !!!!!!!!!! maybe it was a rental . .lol lol

  77. MaineYankee May 7th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    MTU May 7th, 2013 at 8:43 am
    YT-

    I just don’t think they treat Phelps with much respect.

    He’s seen as a gofer. A jack of all trades. Master of none.

    You know what I think of that POV.

    ——————————————————————–

    Before Nova got hurt who was he going to replace?

  78. blake May 7th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Macado hitting .309 so far…..kid is a star

  79. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    The Rockies can play 6 positional players, hitting .300 or more, seven if you count Dexter Fowler at .295.

    Rocked Price then held at bay by Cobb this past weekend.

    What’s wrong with Price this year?

  80. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Blake-

    Counting on Pineda, especially for the longterm, is not a wise idea IMO.

    Anyone who has studied his type of injury would know that.

    We should be building not just for the here and now but the future as well.

    Guys should not be treated like they some kind of disposable napkin.

    Are the Yankees looking sufficiently far ahead ? Are they proactive, or just reactive ?

    ;)

  81. Bo knows May 7th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Actually of the four, I like Warren. I realize that it’s only been a few innings but he has looked extremely good. Pineda is a maybe and needs at least another year to get his control back.
    Let’s see what happens.

  82. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Maine-

    Maybe Nova shouldn’t get such a preference at this point ?

    Maybe the Yankees ought to have a 3-way competition for that # 5 spot ?

    Nova, Phelps, and eventually Pineda.

    ;)

  83. blake May 7th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    “Counting on Pineda, especially for the longterm, is not a wise idea IMO.”

    Not counting on him but hoping …..if things go the way the yanks hope then he will be the 5th starter by August

  84. MaineYankee May 7th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    What’s wrong with Price this year?

    ——————————————————

    Facial hair.

  85. astrocityfan May 7th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    love the minor league update (both chad and in the comments) as i dont get to follow the teams as much as id like. i know its VERY VERY early but im rooting for Fiorito. He would make for a great story and the system desparately needs a SS

  86. MaineYankee May 7th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    MTU

    Guys should not be treated like they some kind of disposable napkin

    ——————————————————————————–

    Does this mean Nova?

  87. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    MTU

    Like many teams, the Yankees are reactive:

    Didn’t trade Swisher , let him go for no more than a compensatory pick

    Did not pick up what turned out to be rather cheap contracts. The Cuban Missile (Chapman) or Cespedes.

    Name some other cases.

  88. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Bo-

    You missed the memo.

    Warren was written off as a starter after his debut.

    He belongs in the Pen now just ask Cashman.

    Other thing is you can’t just put guys in the pen and expect them to go out and start the following season.

    They do not have enough innings when that happens.

    That yo-yo’ing back and forth is what can hurt guys.

    I’d like to see the Yankees treat their SP’s more like Tampa does.

    With more consistency.

  89. Yankee Trader May 7th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    New post——–>

  90. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Maine-

    Nova has had plenty of chances.

    Clock is running out on him.

    In some ways Phelps has been more successful.

    And he certainly has way better command.

    If Nova doesn’t get it together real soon I’d like Phelps to replace him.

  91. MTU May 7th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Blake-

    I was speaking about Pineda’s longterm future. Not just this season.

    YT-

    It’s a bad way to run an Airline IMO.

  92. blake May 7th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    In like Warren too because of his excellent choice in colleges …..however I’m not sure what he is as a big leaguer ….I’m not sure he has the stuff and command to start for the Yankees ideally…..his secondary stuff has been better this year though so who knows. He just needs to pitch well….he does that and the role will find him


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