Left-handed pitcher Bryan Warzek has been a bulldog on the mound since being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in June. Warzek, who was known for his ability to rack up strikeouts at the University of New Orleans, has continued that skill in the early stages of his pro career.
In fact, Warzek entered pro ball and racked up 38 strikeouts with just five walks, maintaining an impressive 15.3 K/9 ratio and 7.6 K/BB ratio in 22.1 innings pitched between the Rookie-Level Arizona Dodgers and the Low-A Great Lakes Loons.
While racking up strikeouts might add a bit to the pitch count, Warzek admits that’s exactly the kind of pitcher he wants to be.
“I’ve always tried to be a strikeout guy,” explained Warzek. “I want to be that guy you want out there in a tight situation, and I think I’m doing a great job so far. But I also need to give a lot of credit to my catchers, because the pitch calling has been excellent and that helps more than anything.”
What makes Warzek so hard for hitters to figure out is the feel he has for his three pitches: fastball, curveball, and changeup. It’s not the variety that makes the lefty hard to hit, it’s the fact he can use any pitch as an out pitch.
“I can use my fastball as an out pitch, but I’m more comfortable with my breaking pitch and changeup,” said Warzek. “Every pitch can be used as a setup pitch and vice versa, and I think that helps me a lot.”
That talent will shine more next season, as Warzek will get an increased workload after being placed on a pitch count of just 45 pitches in 2018.
Be sure to follow Bryan Warzek’s progression next season, and for years to come.