Feb
17

Prospect Profile: Adam Warren

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Adam Warren | RHP

Background
Warren grew up in the Inner Banks region of North Carolina, in New Bern. He attended the high school of the same name, and starred for four years both on the mound and in the infield. A three-time participant in the North Carolina State Games, Warren earned All-State and All-Conference honors as a junior, and was also named the New Bern Sun Journal Player of the Year. He repeated as an All-Conference honoree as a senior, and was selected to the East Coast Professional Showcase Team. Warren graduated fifth in his class in 2005, and it was going to take big money to buy him away from the University of North Carolina and their powerhouse baseball program.

Despite being ranking the 14th best prospect in the state by Baseball America, no team gambled that they could buy Warren away from UNC and he went undrafted. Unable to crack an established rotation that featured future first rounders Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard as a freshman, Warren worked mostly in relief, posting a 4.81 ERA with a 15-13 K/BB ratio in 24.1 IP. He allowed two runs in three postseason innings, then headed home to play with the New Bern River Rats of the Coastal Plain League over the summer, where he pitched to a 3.65 ERA with a 39-15 K/BB ratio in 37 IP.

Again unable to crack a stacked rotation that lost Miller and Bard but imported standout freshman and future first rounder Alex White, Warren became the Tar Heels’ primary midweek starter as a sophomore. He went a perfect 12-0 in 12 starts (and three relief appearances), improving his K/BB ratio to 49-28 in 70.2 IP while cutting his ERA down to just 2.17. The American Baseball Coaches Association named him to the All-Atlantic Region second team, while ESPN The Magazine named him to the All-District III second team. Warren also took home the Francis “Tripp” Bourne Award as one of the team’s most dedicated players.

UNC swept right through the Regionals and Super Regionals without Warren even making an appearance, though he picked up the win with 4.1 scoreless innings of relief against Mississippi State in Game One of the College World Series. With the Heels facing elimination, Warren started against Rice and picked up another win with six innings of three run ball, sending his team to the CWS Finals. UNC got swept in the best-of-three series by Oregon State while Warren was unavailable on such short rest. After the season, Warren appeared in eight games with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League, posting a 7.71 ERA with a 22-14 K/BB ratio in 23.1 IP.

Warren finally jumped into the rotation as a junior, usually working Saturdays as the number two starter behind White. In a team leading 18 starts, he posted a 4.23 ERA with a 73-46 K/BB ratio in 83 innings. Warren took his first career loss against #2 Florida State in late April, and the 19 consecutive wins to start his career was the longest streak by the Tar Heel in over 20 years. Again named to the All-District III second team by ESPN The Magazine, he was named Academic Team captain as well.

Warren took a no-hitter into the fifth against Coastal Carolina in the Super Regionals, eventually throwing six scoreless to give UNC the win and a berth in it’s third consecutive CWS. He gave up four runs in four innings against Fresno State for his second career loss in the Heels’ second game of the CWS, and he wouldn’t make another appearance as Fresno eliminated UNC a few days later en route to the school’s first National Championship. He returned to the Cape Cod League after the CWS, posting a 4.34 ERA with 28-14 K/BB ratio in 29 IP (five starts) for the Chatham A’s.

Baseball America ranked Warren as the 21st best prospect in the state for the 2008 Draft, though he didn’t get selected until the Indians called his name in the 36th round, with the 1,101st overall pick. Cleveland never made much of effort to sign him, so Warren returned to UNC for his senior year to complete his business administration degree.

Again playing Robin to White’s Batman, Warren led the team with 16 starts and ten wins, and led the starters with a 3.31 ERA while posting a career best 103-39 K/BB ratio in 98 IP. Again facing Coastal Carolina in the Super Regionals, Warren again pitched UNC into the CWS with 7.1 innings of three run ball, making them the first ACC school in history to make it to Omaha in four consecutive years. He beat Southern Miss in the Heels’ second game of the tournament by giving up three runs in six innings, and it would prove to be the final game of his amateur career because Arizona State sent UNC packing two days later. Warren finished his collegiate career with the best winning percentage (.889) and second most wins (32) in UNC history.

Draft eligible for the third time, Baseball America rated him the 10th best prospect in the state in 2009. The Yankees selected Warren with their fourth round pick, #135 overall, and he signed quickly for a straight slot bonus of $195,000.

Pro Debut
Assigned to Short Season Staten Island after signing, Warren predictably dominated less experienced competition. His 1.43 ERA was by far the lowest among pitchers with at least as many innings pitched (56.2), his peripheral stats (50-10 K/BB ratio, 2.90 GB/FB) were off the charts, and he tossed a scoreless frame in the league All Star Game. Warren helped beat Lowell in the first round of the playoffs by allowing two runs in 4.2 IP, then beat Mahoning Valley in Game One of the Finals with six scoreless frames. He wouldn’t appear in another game the rest of the season as the Baby Bombers took home the league championship two days later.

Scouting Report
Every bit as polished as you would expect from a player with his pedigree, Warren legitimately throws five pitches, three of which are fastballs. His four-seamer has some arm-side run and sat in the high-80’s for most of his college career, though he was throwing in the low-90’s as a senior and reports from Staten Island had him touching 96 and sitting 94. More than likely, he’ll come back down to Earth a bit and settling into the low-90’s long-term. Both Warren’s two-seamer and cutter sit around 90 mph, and he spots all three pitches well. The fastball trio affords him a tremendous amount of deception, because he has one that moves to the left, one that moves to the right, and one that goes down.

Warren’s best secondary pitch is a strong circle change, and he’s toyed with both a curveball and a slider in the past. The Yankees, as you probably guessed, had him scrap the slider and work exclusively with the curve. He stays tall in his simple delivery, making his 6′-2″, 200 lb frame seem just a little bit bigger. Warren’s pick off move to first is as good as it gets from a righthander; he picked off 17 (!!!) batters in his final three years at UNC. With four years of experience at a major program and in the College World Series, Warren is as advanced and refined as you could ask a college pitcher to be.

Here’s a clip of Warren pitching for UNC last May, and another of him with Staten Island.

2010 Outlook
Because he’s so polished, the Yankees will send Warren to High-A Tampa to begin 2010, but chances are he’ll get bumped up to Double-A Trenton at mid-season. If he’s really dominating, Triple-A Scranton is not out of the question. Warren’s inning totals have climbed nice and steady (94 IP in 2007, 112 in 2008, 154.2 in 2009), so he’s ready to go.

My Take
To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t thrilled with the Warren pick at the time. I figured taking a college senior that early was a cost saving move, however I was completely unaware of his improved velocity as a senior, and obviously had no idea that he’d be touching 96 in his debut. His stuff is firm and he’s as polished as they come, which is a great recipe for a quick mover and surefire big leaguer. Warren will never be an ace, but he’ll be a rock solid back-end arm or middle reliever that will provide a ton of value when he’s cheap. Believe it or not, the Yankees do a very good job of pumping out useful big league arms, and Warren is just another part coming down the assembly line. Great value in terms of both round and bonus money.

Photo Credit: Robert Pimpsner, Baseball Digest

Categories : Prospect Profiles
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    BOOOOOOOOOOOM.

    My day: made.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Love the Prospect Profile as much as The Drake.

      /JIMP’d

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Prospect Profiles are like a Drakes Coffee Cake.

        The big one.

  • theyankeewarrior

    He touched 96? Put him in teh pen!!! He can be the next 8th inning hero!

    • bexarama

      I dunno about this. I need to see the fire in his eyes. Only then can he go to TEH 8TH!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        FACT: “Adam Warren” is actually Swedish for “bull in a china shop”. FACT.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I’m looking forward to watching Adam Warren. The Tampa Yankees come to town April 21st -23rd, hopefully it will be Manny Banuelos, Adam Warren and Andrew Brackman.

  • Blake

    UNC student here, I threw this link on adam’s wall on facebook, well see if he has anything to say about it.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    He picked off 17 guys only because he allowed so many baserunners. Bust.

    /SBGL’d

    • Zack

      IETC

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    5th starter in 2012?

    • DP

      The main part of a trade, along with Neil Medchill, for Tim Lincecum in 2012?

      /not gonna say his name’d

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Warren’s best secondary pitch is a strong circle change, and he’s toyed with both a curveball and a slider in the past. The Yankees, as you probably guessed, had him scrap the slider and work exclusively with the curve.

    Is the reasoning behind this that the slider is tougher on the arm than the curve, and thus, they want to minimize injury risk?

    Second, more important question: is there a drawback to having an organization-wide mandate to throw less sliders and more curveballs? i.e., isn’t there an advantage to having a more diverse array of pitchers with a diverse array of pitches to change up what opposing lineups see inning-to-inning and game-to-game?

    Are there other organizations in baseball that have a similar “Stop throwing Breaking Pitch X and start throwing Breaking Pitch Y” edict that you know of?

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      I think as a general rule the curve is more effective. But the Yanks also have the majority of their pitchers learn curves from Nardi Contreras, who apparently has special powers.

      • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

        I don’t know what the Yanks’ reasoning is for doing this, but I doubt that it is that the curve is more effective. My best guess is that a curve is less injurious to the arm than a slider.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          Yeah, guys like Joba, CC, Randy Johnson etc. (and the batters they face) would probably disagree with the idea that curves are generally more effective than sliders.

          A good slider is very hard to hit.

          • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

            Obviously those pitchers throw fantastic sliders. My point (which was broad speculation) was that it’s easier to develop an effective curveball than an effective slider. If you have the means to throw a Randy Johnson slider, by all means do it.

            From what I’ve read though, it does not appear that’s what Warren is working with.

        • pete

          agreed. Very, very few curveballs are as effective as the best sliders. The best I can think of is AJs or maybe Beckett’s, and even those are slider-like. And i’d still take a vintage joba slider over either of those as a strikeout pitch, I think.

    • AndrewYF

      I don’t know that if it’s a drawback if it contributes to better health. It’s not like the slider is a forbidden pitch amongst Yankee minor leaguers. If someone is throwing a dynamite slider, they’re not going to have him scrap it. Look at Joba.

    • pete

      my best guess: most young pitchers’ sliders suck.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      I believe that the general thought is that the slider is tougher on the arm than the curve. At the same time, I’m pretty sure there haven’t been any definitive studies on the matter, at least made public.

      Also, wasn’t there talk about how Craig Hansen didn’t have the same slider with the professional baseball (which has lower seams) than the college ball? It could be that the curveball can translate better with the professional ball, as it requires slightly less feel and help from the ball(curveball gripped deeper in the hand versus more in the fingertips for the slider).

      I would also agree that there should be some advantage to have pitchers with multiple looks, not everyone exactly the same. But at the same time, there is also an advantage to having pitching prospects make it through the minors with effective breaking pitches and not having arm injuries…

      • pete

        i think that’s probably true about the pro baseballs. It isn’t impossible to get just as good movement on them, but it’s a matter of finger pressure rather than simply finger location the way that high seems can allow for. I think it’s probably easier to throw a solid curveball with a pro ball than it is a slider, and it also probably helps pitchers to get used to the feel of their fingers coming over the top of the ball rather than to the side.

  • vin

    Man, talk about a low-maintenance delivery.

  • Reggie C.

    Adam Warren signing for slot allowed the org sign a couple DES guys (Cotham & Stoneburner) before the deadline. Warren’s jump in velo surprised nobody more than Oppenheimer, so the pick is looking solid right now.

  • AndrewYF

    Does he profile as a good bullpen arm? Do guys with multiple pitches – though none of them outstanding – do all that well in a bullpen role?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Usually in the pen they scrap the multiple pitches and just go with their best 2, maybe 3.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
      • pete

        i was literally about to post the exact same picture from the exact same link. weird.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          GMTA.

          Get more tits & ass.

          • http://hardballtimes.com Dan Novick

            Uuhhhh….what?

      • Don W

        Mike Montgomery, the great closer for the Royals, was a 4 pitch relief pitcher.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Prospect Profile on the same day pitchers and catchers report? You guys are the best.

    Lots of swings-and-misses in the first video you linked to, which is good considering the Yankees are focused on Ks and not defense.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      You know why the Yankees keep signing or trading for all these home run hitters like Tex, Swisher, and Granderson?

      They obviously don’t care about doubles.

      /Neyer’d

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        +1

        You know I was really hoping for a mea culpa from him today.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        The Red Sox have a mandate set for this season that states if any pitcher strikes out an opposing batter they will be fined $500 the first time and $1000 each subsequent offense. Their defense is THAT good.

        For Wednesday Wangdoodles, I’m Rob Neyer ESPNBoston(repetative)

      • http://hardballtimes.com Dan Novick

        I’m glad somebody agrees with me

    • http://twitter.com/tafkasic the artist formerly known as (sic)

      +1

      that was ninjalike.

    • pete

      that was just a terrific post. beautifully subtle integration of a not-yet-overused inside joke. I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m simply spellbound by the perfection that was that post. Well done.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Riddering’s clever AND busty.

        The full package, as they say.

        • pete

          i’ve got a full package right here

          /the todd’d

          • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Templeton_Peck Templeton “Brendog” Peck

            ietc

  • pete

    I was completely unaware that he was as legit as he appears to be. It seems to me like he could be the next Aceves-type multi-inning (but not restricted to low-leverage) reliever and spot starter, although his ceiling from the looks of it could be a good bit higher. I’d heard the name but I had no idea that he was this likely to become a legitimate contributor and fairly soon. Consider me stoked.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Awesome. Let’s hope Warren continues to rake fast.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Let’s hope Warren continues to rake fast.

      There’s a racist Mexican gardener joke in there somewhere.

      • pete

        but you’re too lazy to find it? I didn’t know you were dominican tsjc…

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          No, I’m the only thing lazier than a Dominican:

          I’m a black man.

          • pete

            so you can steal 40 bases regardless of how many you can actually steal? Or is it that you’ve got great tools but your instincts aren’t so good. Gosh I can’t seem to remember which one it is.

            • Spaceman.Spiff

              Raw and toolsy. TSJC is definitely raw and toolsy.

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              He reminds everyone of Tori Hunter, except for he’s a corner infielder that will hit for average, take his walks, and with only a little pop.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                I also love chicken and grape soda.

                • Mattingly’s Love Child

                  Grape soda? I haven’t heard that one before.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  http://www.andyslife.org/misc/.....20Soda.jpg (safe)

                  MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan – Cashman Has No Equal

    So, what’s Adam Warren? A 2 star prospect in the Yankees farm but a 5 star in the Arizona system?

    • mryankee

      Yes get used to that performance does not matter. Regardless is someone dominates that means nothing as along as he throws hard. That appears to be the most important criteria for a starting pitcher to be considered a 5 star prospect.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        /mryankeesimplified

        • mryankee

          I did not include you in my simplification. I am saying when I watch these prospect shows and they speak of a players potential. I feel that the only guys they allow to be 5 star prospects are the guys who throw 95 plus.

          • pete

            ooorrrr, a whole lot more guys put up dominating numbers in the minors than do in the majors – in fact, many of them don’t stay in the majors at all, despite their prior minor league dominance. Very few pitchers without good stuff succeed at the major league level (in relation to how many have had success in the minors despite middling stuff). Thus, pitchers who have had not only success but also have good stuff, are almost always considered better prospects than those with lesser stuff because there IS a higher chance of their performance translating to the major league level.

            • mryankee

              I think its Yankee bashing and nothing more elegant that that.

              • Mattingly’s Love Child

                You’re looking at it with pinstripe-shaded glasses.

                • mryankee

                  Explain to me how he Red Sox have a much higher rathed system. They do not have one prospect near ready for the majors. All I hear about is Kelly-Kalish and Westmoreland. Yes the Yankees have Mcallister-Nova and Melancon and Montero.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                  All of us agree that the Red Sox system is rated too high.

                  That being said, the Red Sox system is still good and much deeper at the moment than the Yankees system is.

                  Your problem is you constantly evaluate systems by focusing on prospects “near ready for the majors” and nobody else does. They also consider elite low-minors prospects. The Red Sox have several good low-minors prospects.

                • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

                  But, TSJC, at the same time, it doesn’t help that the Yankees don’t really have many ML ready prospects. Melancon is there, but Z-Mac and Nova are still a year away from that and Montero is probably half a year away. After that, there’s virtually no ML ready talent, save for maybe Kevin Russo.

                  BUT, the young, higher upside arms like Banuelos give me comfort. The ridiculous depth at catcher is heart warming, too.

                • Mattingly’s Love Child

                  The guys they have taken with high-upside have out-performed the guys that Yankees have taken. Right now they have been been better at finding/evaluating/drafting talent than the Yankees have been. The Yanks have probably done better with international free agents, but the Sox have just been doing better in the draft. It happens.

                  As for some of the players you mention:

                  Kelly is going to come fast, so he counts for them as being near the big leagues and with elite abilities (he’s also an example of an ace prospect that doesn’t throw 95). Westmoreland has crazy talent but people are starting to get worried about his health, so his hype is dying down. Remember how great everyone thought Lars Anderson was going to be? It takes one bad year to go from the next big thing to just another prospect.

                  Everyone knows Montero. Melancon is just a good relief prospect, he doesn’t have other-worldly stuff, and has thus far struggled with his command in the majors (one of his strengths in the minors). So there isn’t a good reason to go crazy about him. McAllister and Nova do not have the stuff/command that Kelly has right now. And they are closer to being done with their maturation process.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            I am saying when I watch these prospect shows and they speak of a players potential. I feel that the only guys they allow to be 5 star prospects are the guys who throw 95 plus.

            A) When you watch a prospect show, you’re getting a condensed, abbreviated version of people’s thoughts. They don’t have the 15-20 minutes necessary to fully explain each prospects’ strengths and weaknesses; they have about 30-60 seconds. So it seems that simplistic of an evaluation because the format where the evaluation is being presented to you is a watered down, abridged format designed for quick delivery of basic information with no depth or nuance.
            B) Your claim is false. I’m quite certain that, no matter which prospect show you’re speaking of, prospects are included in that elite list that don’t throw 95 plus. Your eyewitness memory is flawed. Don’t feel bad, it happens to everyone.

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              Exhibit 1: Jeremy Hellickson for Tampa Bay. Does not throw 95 (upper 80s to low 90s), definitely on ALL of the prospect lists as being someone who can be good and contribute very soon.

  • YankeesJunkie

    I saw him pitch his last game in Omaha and it was a very ugly 6 IP 3 ER. Every inning the other team was getting base runners it seems, but he was always able to keep damage to a minimum throughout the game and he threw like 130 pitches that game. It is always exciting to see Yankee prospects though in the CWS because that is the only time they will be in Omaha.

  • mryankee

    So he dominates in his pro ball debut-albeit at Staten Island-has quality stuff and high k-bb ratio so all these wonderful attributes and yet he will not be an ace. Now he may not be an ace but we already know with no question he will not be an ace?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      (sigh)

      This will end badly.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      :head explodes:

      • mryankee

        What is wrong with my post. How come all the Yankee prospects end up being middle relievers or back end starters? Even when they dominate people? Yet other teams prospects with numbers equal or not as solid are stud prospects?

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          Do I take the bait? I haven’t been commenting much in a while….

          Sure, what the hell!

          Not all Yankee prospects end up being middle relievers or back end starters. The players who don’t have the elite stuff end up as that. Elite stuff could be any of the following: velocity, breaking pitches, general movement, command, control. For a player to be an ace, they need several of these things. A back end pitcher generally has one of these things, maybe 2.

          Warren and his ilk are well developed college pitchers. He was too good for his level last year, so you can’t trust his numbers. This year and next will give you a better idea of where he will end up. It is possible for pitchers to outperform their stuff, even in the majors, it is just very rare.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Mattingly’s Love Child, taking on for the team. Much appreciated.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          What is wrong with my post.

          The same thing that’s always wrong with all your posts of this nature: It’s not that simple. You’re drastically oversimplifying the issue and trying to make it a binary question when it’s not.

          Stuff is a component. Pitch diversity is a component. Command is a component. Age is a component. Makeup is a component. Injury risk is a component. Mechanics is a component. Having a put-away pitch is a component. Projectability is a component. Results is a component. There are more I haven’t listed.

          Adam Warren has good but not great stuff, solid command, 5 quality pitches but no true swing-and-miss putaway pitch that will fool big leaguers and make him a consistent strikeout artist. He’s good at sequencing, though, and keeping hitters off balance with his 5 pitch arsenal, and he’s got an easy, repeatable delivery that doesn’t require tweaking, so he can be a fast mover.

          His SI performance was great but doesn’t carry too much weight because he’s a polished college senior from a big conference so he was facing inferior competition; dominance is expected.

          He’s a solid prospect with a high floor but doesn’t have that top-shelf pitch that makes someone an ace to give him a high ceiling. Because of the sum total of all his evaluations.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I love Adam Warren. He’s definitely got the potential to be a super-fast riser.

  • Reggie C.

    Battle of the former ACC pitchers … Who’s better: Warren or DJ Mitchell?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Mitchell: higher ceiling
      Warren: higher floor

      Hmmm… I choose: both

      /KobayashiMaru’d

      • FL Yank

        Your logic is sound.

        /Vulcan’d

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      It’s nice to have both. I’d give the edge to Mitchell because he has a full year of success in the minors already. With the way the major league roster is constructed, I’d definitely prefer the higher upside of Mitchell over the more certain Warren.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Warren, by a lot. I don’t see the upside with Mitchell, nice sinker and breaking ball, but no changeup. If he figures it out, what is he, Sergio Mitre?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I’m reading between the lines and sensing that we’re not going to get an enjoyable D.J. Mitchell prospect profile.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          No, and in fact, I’m 99% sure this is the last prospect profile of the offseason. Time to get busy with the draft content.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            Somewhere, Kelvin DeLeon sheds a single tear.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Ever since Zoe Saldana rejected Axisa, he’s had a grudge against Dominicans.

      • Reggie C.

        Sinking ball pitchers aren’t great prospects to begin with, and Mitchell has always had that very-hittable tag. I agree. Warren is the more interesting prospect.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Throw Graham Stoneburner in that former ACC pitcher discussion.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Sure thing, will do.

        (picks up Graham Stoneburner and throws him in the discussion)

        /MattBush’d

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        If we’re talking best name he wins in a landslide.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          If we’re talking best stuff he wins in a landslide.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            That too.

  • Camilo Gerardo

    Dude is an ace… in Short Season ball. let’s see if he can be an ace in High-A!!

    • W.W.J.M.D.

      Let’s see if he can be an ace in a deck of cards!

      • Tom Zig

        Let’s see if he can be an ace in the hole!

  • Chris

    Why does he remind me of Phil Hughes when he throws?

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