Warren Focusing On Breaking Pitches

It's tough to find fault with a professional debut season that ends with a 4-2 record, a 1.43 ERA, and a five to one strikeout-to-walk ratio. Not that he's down on his season, but Adam Warren is currently at Instructs to work on developing his game even further and that starts with improving his breaking pitch combination.

"I felt like it was a good year for me," Adam Warren said. "Obviously I had some success on the field but more importantly I felt like I got better each start. That's big for me."

Admitting he gained confidence with each passing start, partly because his newfound velocity that carried over from the second-half of the college season allowed him to trust his stuff more, Warren says he met his own expectations.

However, as good a year as it was statistically for him, he contends that he was focused more on bettering his game overall than the actual numbers. That means improving both his curveball and slider, and he says that will be his focal point for Instructs.

"Being able to locate those for strikes and getting ahead or putting hitters away with them, if I can get more consistent with those to the point where in any count that I can throw any pitch, I think I'd become a more effective pitcher," Warren opined.

"That's been my goal the last year, improve those pitches and maintain my fastball command, and be able to throw any pitch at any time."

He says his curveball was a pitch that took a backseat to his slider in college, but it was more of a priority pitch for him in Staten Island this year and that's at the forefront of his agenda during the Instructional League season.

"I feel like I have a pretty good break on the curveball and I think my speed is fine," he said. "It's just a matter of getting the feel for the release point. I spike it sometimes or leave it up.

"I think it's finding that middle ground to get me over and then throw that put-away curveball. Another aspect is making it look like a fastball, a big league curveball. I think getting the curveball over and making it look like a fastball is key."

Improving his slider, a pitch he admits sometimes acts like a cutter more than a true slider, is also important in his development.

Striking out 50 batters in 56 plus innings for the Staten Island Yankees this past season, it's not as if the curveball and slider were absent from his repertoire, however, but he's intent on bringing up to the same level as his plus fastball.

"I had success with my fastball and my changeup, and some days I had success with my curveball and slider, but if I can get that consistent to each game where I had them working I'd feel like I could be an improved pitcher," Warren added.

That could be scary news for opposing batters.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I felt like it was a good year for me,\" Adam Warren said. \"Obviously I had some success on the field but more importantly I felt like I got better each start. That's big for me.\"
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\r\nAdmitting he gained confidence with each passing start, partly because his newfound velocity that carried over from the second-half of the college season allowed him to trust his stuff more, Warren says he met his own expectations.
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\r\nHowever, as good a year as it was statistically for him, he contends that he was focused more on bettering his game overall than the actual numbers. That means improving both his curveball and slider, and he says that will be his focal point for Instructs.
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\r\n\"Being able to locate those for strikes and getting ahead or putting hitters away with them, if I can get more consistent with those to the point where in any count that I can throw any pitch, I think I'd become a more effective pitcher,\" Warren opined.
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\r\n\"That's been my goal the last year, improve those pitches and maintain my fastball command, and be able to throw any pitch at any time.\"
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\r\nHe says his curveball was a pitch that took a backseat to his slider in college, but it was more of a priority pitch for him in Staten Island this year and that's at the forefront of his agenda during the Instructional League season.
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\r\n\"I feel like I have a pretty good break on the curveball and I think my speed is fine,\" he said. \"It's just a matter of getting the feel for the release point. I spike it sometimes or leave it up.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think it's finding that middle ground to get me over and then throw that put-away curveball. Another aspect is making it look like a fastball, a big league curveball. I think getting the curveball over and making it look like a fastball is key.\"
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\r\nImproving his slider, a pitch he admits sometimes acts like a cutter more than a true slider, is also important in his development.
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\r\nStriking out 50 batters in 56 plus innings for the Staten Island Yankees this past season, it's not as if the curveball and slider were absent from his repertoire, however, but he's intent on bringing up to the same level as his plus fastball.
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\r\n\"I had success with my fastball and my changeup, and some days I had success with my curveball and slider, but if I can get that consistent to each game where I had them working I'd feel like I could be an improved pitcher,\" Warren added.
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\r\nThat could be scary news for opposing batters.
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