3 Yankees Blake Snell Backup Plans That Are Already In the Organization

Acquiring a pitcher has been difficult for the Yankees. Now that Blake Snell signed elsewhere, do the Yankees look pitchers in the minor league system to fulfill their need?

Feb 15, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Gil (81) throws a live bathing
Feb 15, 2024; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Gil (81) throws a live bathing / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Will Warren

Drafted in 2021, Will Warren is currently ranked as the number eight prospect for the Bronx Bombers. He's moved up pretty quickly in two minor league seasons.

In his first professional year in 2022, he started in High A then moved to Double A. Then in 2023, he started in Somerset, then was promoted to Triple AAA. In the two professional seasons, he won 19 games and took the loss in 13 games. He struck out 274 batters while maintaining a 3.63 ERA.

There was a lot of improvement from 2022 to 2023, especially the six games Warren pitched for Somerset (three wins, 39 strikeouts and 2.45 ERA). His performance in those six games contributed to his promotion to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His 2023 performance led to an invitation to Spring Training in hopes of a chance to join the pitching rotation.

There have been a lot of questions about the 2024 rotation. Although the Yankees added Marcus Stroman, they lost their ace. Not being able to get a quality pitcher from free agency or the trade market means they may look at their farm system or minor league roster to determine who can help.

The Brandon, Mississippi native has kept the competition close. In four games he pitched during spring training, he pitched ten innings. In those innings, he struck out thirteen. Although he currently has a 4.35 ERA, he did post a 2-1 record. Warren has demonstrated that he has no plans to slow down. Although he may not start in pinstripes, be on the lookout for his promotion during the 2024 season.