Phillies Prospect #53: T.J. Warren

Yes, he's got lots of talent, but probably the best part of T.J. Warren's game right now is the fact that he's willing to learn. It's bound to pay off for the potential five tool player.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 8th round of the 2006 Draft.

B: T: R  /  Height: 6' 4"  /  Weight: 190 lbs

Birth Date: August 17, 1988

2007 Team: Gulf Coast League Phillies

Positions Played in 2007: RF (27 g), LF (8 g), CF (1 g)

School: Jesse Bethel High School

Batting and Power: T.J. Warren showed some pop in high school, but was more of a gap hitter who could get himself into trouble when he looked too hard to hit the longball. In the pros, he's struggled offensively through two seasons and is going to need every bit of the work that the Phillies thought he would need when they drafted him as a raw high school outfielder. The basic know-how is there, but it's a matter of adjusting to the better pitching that he's seeing and settling in at the plate. His plate discipline is almost non-existent and if he's going to develop any sort of offensive game, that will have to improve, because 92 strikeouts in 245 professional at bats is well beyond the range of acceptable, especially for a guy with two career home runs. One good thing about Warren is that he has an improving swing and has always known how to hit to all fields, but that's become a bit tougher in the pros facing the improved pitching that he's seen.

Baserunning and Speed: Scouts were long impressed with Warren's speed on the basepaths and he has the ability to be a pretty good base stealer if he can just figure out how to get on base.

Defense: While he's got the speed to play center field, it's likely that Warren will be more of a corner outfielder. He's got a plus arm that is not only strong, but accurate, so right field is a natural place for him. He's made a lot of strides defensively and the Phillies concentrated first on that when it came to shaping Warren for the pros. The main problem was his footwork and he's got that under control and went error-free in 2007 after making five errors in his debut season. Opponents won't be able to take liberties on Warren's arm, because it is an absolute gun and is already one of the best outfield arms in the organization.

Projection: This is the kind of kid that you just like to see teams draft. He was a good student in school, a great guy off the field and is willing to learn from his coaches. The Phillies have changed a lot with him and there is still some work to do, but Warren has never balked and is one of the hardest workers in the organization. Keep in mind that T.J. Warren would only have two years of college ball under his belt had he not gone pro, so don't be discouraged by all the holes in his game. There is a lot to like from this kid and if - or more likely, when - he puts it all together, he's going to be a joy to watch.

Comparison: Take it for what it's worth, but his high school coach, Chris Smith, who was a second round pick in 1992, calls him a "right-handed Daryl Strawberry". That's too lofty of a tag to hang on any young player, but Warren possesses the great array of tools that Strawberry did, without the attitude.

What else you should know about T.J. Warren: 

  • His full name is Terrance Jamal.
  • He attended a Phillies workout prior to the 2006 Draft and that's where the Phillies really became enthralled with what he might be able to do with some work.
  • Was considering attending the University of San Diego, but also drew interest from UCLA, Texas and Clemson.

T.J. Warren's career stats

2006 GCL 1 16 .206 39 136 13 28 6 0 5 11 50 .260 .272 .532
2007 GCL 1 4 .211 36 109 8 23 3 0 4 9 42 .277 .266 .543
TOTALS 2 20 .208 75 245 21 51 9 0 9 20 92 .268 .269 .537

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