#8 Austin Warren – RHP 6th Round Pick (2018) UNC Wilmington
When you look at Austin Warren you would never guess that he is a professional pitcher. Warren is 5’11 and 170 LBS (that may even be a stretch on the height) and is not a very intimidating figure when he takes the mound.
However, when Warren starts to throw you see why he is an Angel Prospect worth noting. Warren throws between 92 and 95 MPH and also likes to mix in a change-up and a slider and so far it has been very effective for him.
Warren has been used in a lot of high leverage situations for Inland Empire this season as evidence of his 2-6 record. His record is deceiving because many times he pitches multiple innings with the score tied with a small margin for error. His defense has also let him down multiple times that has led to some unearned runs coming in.
Warren has pitched 30 innings with 38 strikeouts and he has a 2.70 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and opponents only are hitting .236 against him. He is one of three Sixers who is used in the 8th and 9th inning along with Jorge Tavarez and occasionally Oliver Ortega.
Just like the other pitchers I have mentioned Warren has a tremendous upside and was named to the Single-A All-Star team. If he continues to pitch well Warren could be the next reliever to get the call to go to Mobile.