- Full name Zachary William Warren
- Born 06/09/1996 in Vineland, NJ
- Profile Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 205 / Bats: L / Throws: L
- School Tennessee
Drafted in the 14th round (413th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017 (signed for $125,000).
View Draft ReportWarren made promising steps forward as a sophomore and played for Team USA's collegiate national team as a rising junior. He struggled mightily as a junior, posted a 6.31 ERA and striking out a pedestrian 34 batters in 51.1 innings. A team taking Warren will hope to get him back on the right track. When he's right, he's a solid athlete and a strikethrower, showing the ability to pound the strike zone with command. His fastball typically works in the upper 80s with late sinking action, and he shows some feel to spot his short, slurvy breaking ball.
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Track Record: Warren played for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team in the summer of 2016, but during his junior year at Tennessee in 2017 he posted a 6.31 ERA and a 34-29 K-BB mark in 51 innings, dropping him to the Phillies in the 14th round. With low Class A Lakewood for his first full season in 2018, Warren looked totally different, striking out 44 percent of the batters he faced coming out of the BlueClaws' bullpen.
Scouting Report: Warren has a tall, physically imposing frame, but at Tennessee he had trouble syncing up his long levers in his delivery, leading to scattered command and a high ERA. While his control is still below-average, he made significant strides synchronizing his mechanics and his fastball jumped multiple grades. In college, Warren typically worked in the upper 80s, but in 2018 he was sitting at 93-96 mph. He added more power and sharpness to his breaking pitch, a plus curveball that he can crank up to the low 80s, with tight, spiking action to dive underneath the barrels of hitters.
The Future: Warren looks like another quality late-round find by the Phillies. With a prolific ability to miss bats, Warren could develop into a high-leverage reliever, with high Class A Clearwater his next step.
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