Adam Parrish Warren
- Bats Right, 'Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 225 lb.
- School University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- High School New Bern High School
- Debut June 29, 2012
Adam Warren made it to the majors in 2012.
Warren was All-State as a junior in 2004. As a college freshman, he was 1-0 with a 4.81 ERA in 2006. North Carolina finished second in the 2006 College World Series. In '07, Adam was 12-0 with a 2.17 ERA and UNC was again second in the nation. He was second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in wins behind Bryan Henry. He tied for 7th in NCAA Division I in victories as well. He won his first 6 games in 2008 to begin his collegiate career 19-0; he finished that year 9-2 with a 4.23 ERA and North Carolina played in the 2008 College World Series. He was 5th in the ACC in victories. The Cleveland Indians chose him in the 36th round of the 2008 amateur draft but he returned for his senior year instead of signing. As a senior, he had a 10-2, 3.31 record with 103 K in 98 innings and UNC was in the 2009 College World Series. He was among the ACC leaders in wins (third after Sean Gilmartin and Deck McGuire) and 4th in whiffs (trailing Alex White, McGuire and Danny Hultzen). He tied for 22nd in NCAA Division I in wins and tied for 28th in strikeouts. He finished second in UNC annals in career wins (32) and tied Scott Bankhead's record for best winning percentage (.889).
He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 4th round of the 2009 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Scott Lovekamp and made his pro debut that summer. New York's third pick (after Slade Heathcott and J.R. Murphy), he would become the first member of that Yankee draft class to make the majors. He had a superb pro debut with the Staten Island Yankees at 4-2, 1.43 then won his only playoff decision as Staten Island took the New York-Penn League title. Had he qualified for the league ERA lead (he was about 15 innings shy), he would have led in ERA. Baseball America listed him as the #12 prospect in the NYPL (between Anthony Hewitt and Destin Hood).
Warren remained effective in 2010 with the Tampa Yankees (7-5, 2.22) and Trenton Thunder (4-2, 3.15, 59 K in 54 1/3 IP). Baseball America named him as the 13th-best Florida State League prospect (between Henderson Alvarez and Liam Hendriks). In '11, he fell to 6-8, 3.60 for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He was 10th in the International League in ERA. He pitched two innings in the 2011 AAA All-Star Game, which the IL won, 3-0. Relieving Zach McAllister, he worked a shutout 3rd and 4th, giving up one hit, before Chris Schwinden relieved. He began 2012 on a similar note with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (5-5, 3.85 after 15 G).
Warren was then called up to the majors with CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte injured. He was crushed in his debut outing. He began by striking out Alejandro De Aza and survived the first with two walks. In the second, though, A.J. Pierzynski homered to kick off a 4-run frame. Paul Konerko homered in the third and Pierzynski drove in another to give Warren 6 runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings before David Phelps relieved. After the game, Adam was sent back to AAA.
On July 28, 2015, Warren picked up a save even though the Yankees won a game by 16 runs; he pitched the final 3 innings of his team's 21-5 win over the Texas Rangers. The Yankees' starter, Chris Capuano, had been chased in the 1st inning in that game, and both he and Diego Moreno, who received credit for the win, managed to keep the Rangers hitless, Moreno for 5 1/3 innings and Adam for 3. It was only the second time in major league history that two relievers had each pitched 3 or more hitless innings for one team in a 9-inning game, after Ewald Pyle and Mickey Haefner had done so for the Washington Senators against the St. Louis Browns on July 3, 1943. He was used as a swingman by the Yankees that season, making 17 starts in 43 games. He went 7-7, 3.29, with the 1 save in 131 1/3 innings, striking out 104. On December 8th, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs with a player to be named later (Brendan Ryan) in return for SS/2B Starlin Castro.
Warren pitched 29 times for the Cubs in the first four months of the 2016 season, all of them out of the bullpen except for one start. results were mixed as he posted a 3-2 record but an ERA of 5.69. His problem was the base on balls, as he issued 189 walks in 35 innings. He had just been sent down to the minors following the acquisition of Mike Montgomery when on July 25th, he was traded back to the Yankees, along with three prospects, OFs Rashad Crawford and Billy McKinney and IF Gleyber Torres, in return for relief ace Aroldis Chapman.