Scranton/Wilkes-Barre right-hander Adam Warren allowed two earned runs in over six innings of work against Toledo on Tuesday night. He struck out six Mud Hens and his only blemish was a three-run home run hit by Eric Patterson in the fifth inning. Warren was in line for his first win since April 19 until a wacky ninth inning resulted in his fifth no-decision of the season.
"I felt like I threw pretty well but I have thrown better," Warren said. "Last couple of outings have taken steps into right direction and trying to get into rhythm and get some good outings together."
Through ten starts this season Warren is 2-3 with a 4.88 ERA. In the month of May, he went 0-2 with a 4.15 ERA in six starts. However, these statistics do not tell the whole story. He eclipsed six innings in three starts and went at least five innings in two other outings.
"I had a rough patch at the beginning of the year and felt like lately a few things haven't gone my way, but I feel like I am starting to execute pitches and that's a big thing for me," he said.
""I can't really control what happens once I throw the ball so really [I am] trying to focus on my mental game as far as executing pitches and feel like I have done that well in the last three or four outings, and I am pretty happy with that."
Warren has felt more comfortable on the mound due to a slight tinker in his delivery. The 25-year-old decided to slightly speed up his delivery because he felt it was getting too slow and his command was suffering.
"I'm throwing a little bit harder the last few games and getting fastball command back to where I wanted it," Warren mentioned. "My fastball has always been my strength and I feel like I am getting back to that."
His fastball was clocked between 93-95 mph against Toledo.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher Francisco Cervelli agrees that Warren's fastball has improved recently and especially in his latest start.
"[The] fastball was good, had good command," Cervelli said. "He missed one pitch and it was a homer but he had good stuff [on May 29]."
Warren also has a changeup, curveball, and slider at his disposal. The changeup registers in the low 80s and the curveball has potential to reach speeds ranging between the upper 70s and into the lower 80s.
The slider has been one of Warren's main priorities in the last month. The fourth round draft pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft would like to throw more backdoor sliders to lefties in his upcoming starts.
"I'm trying to tighten it up and turn it more into, I hate to call it a cutter, but it's more sharp like a cutter and definitely harder in the upper 80s," he said. "So just trying to get it to look like a fastball that moves off the spot and miss the barrel of the bat."
Last season in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Adam Warren excelled in June. He amassed a 3-2 record in six starts and went at least six innings in five of those starts. Most importantly, Warren allowed zero runs in two starts and one run in two other starts.
Executing better is key if Warren wants to duplicate his success in June this season as the dog days of summer are upon us.
Execution is Key for Warren
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