Will Warren waits in wings to debut as Yankees’ pursuit of Snell stalls

New York Yankees Will Warren Blake Snell
Esteban Quiñones
Monday January 29, 2024

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Will Warren, a promising young pitcher, is poised to make his major league debut, bringing fresh talent to the Yankees’ roster. As the 2024 Major League Baseball season approaches, the New York Yankees face a pivotal moment in shaping their pitching rotation. While their pursuit of veteran pitcher Blake Snell seems to be hitting roadblocks, a new star is rising within the organization.

Who is Will Warren, the Yankees Star Set to Make His Debut This Season?

Will Warren, born in 1999 in Brandon, Mississippi, is a right-handed pitcher drafted 243rd overall in the 8th round of the 2021 draft by the Yankees. A product of Southeastern Louisiana University, Warren has honed his skills with minor league teams like the Hudson Valley Renegades, Somerset Patriots, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Off the field, he’s engaged to his fiancée Darby Gillette and is known for his love of duck hunting and his strong faith.

Warren, who posted a 3.61 ERA over 99.2 innings in Triple-A last season, is regarded as the Yankees’ second-best pitching prospect. Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake has acknowledged Warren’s potential, suggesting he could be part of the rotation mix in 2024, depending on the health and performance of other pitchers.

“I would think he’s definitely in the mix at some point this year… I’m sure his name will be called at some point.”

Warren’s versatility, including a mid-90s sinker and a nasty sweeper, positions him as a strong candidate for either a starting or relief role, mirroring the paths of pitchers like Clarke Schmidt and Michael King.

Assessing the Current Yankees Rotation

The Yankees’ rotation for the 2024 season is an intriguing mix of experienced and emerging talents. The team recently signed Marcus Stroman to a two-year deal, bolstering a rotation that includes ace Gerrit Cole. Stroman, a former National League team member with the Chicago Cubs, adds depth.

New York Yankees Gerrit Cole
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However, beyond Cole, the rotation has question marks. Carlos Rodón’s first season with the Yankees was underwhelming, and other pitchers like Nestor Cortes and new addition Stroman have had their share of injuries. The departure of pitchers Michael King, Jhony Brito, and Randy Vásquez in the Juan Soto deal leaves room for new talent to emerge. This context sets the stage for prospects like Will Warren to emerge and rise to the occasion. Clarke Shmidt had a reasonably decent 2023, so he will hold the fifth spot in the rotation. But with minimum depth and backup (for now), the Yanks will likely go to Warren in case of any injuries.

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