In the 2017 season, Adam Warren went from another name in the bullpen to a guy who could be relied heavily on. He pitched crucial innings not only in the regular season, but also played a big role during the Yankees run last season in October.
Warren is the perfect “glue guy” in the pen. He can get outs in a multitude of ways, and it’s almost impossible to argue what he meant to the team last season. Warren had 54 strikeouts and a 2.35 ERA in 57.1 innings pitched. As long as he can stay healthy, he should continue to be a guy that can be counted on.
Per usual, the Yankees are stretching him out this offseason in case they need him to be a starter, even though they have no desire for him to be slotted there. Expect him to be at the top of the list for MLB’s win vulture, because he usually comes in when the Pinstripes are trailing.
The fact of the matter is, on any other team, Warren would be either a setup man or closer. But the bullpen in the Bronx is absolutely loaded. Therefore, he will contribute in the mid-innings of the game when the starters are in need of help. I expect another great year from him.