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Q&A with Rip Warren
Rip Warren: Dustin Martin is definitely a player that comes to mind because he has all the skills. He can hit for average, power and he has speed. He has all the potential in the world. If he continues on the path he's on now, I think we expect big things from him.
Inside Pitch: Which pitcher do you think has the highest big league upside and why?
Warren: I think a lot of our pitchers have a lot of upside, but German Marte [did] a great job for us this season. I haven't seen him all that much, but from what I have seen of him, he has a nasty changeup and great command of his fastball.
Inside Pitch: Who do you think is the biggest sleeper prospect, position prospect or pitcher? Who do you think will fly under the radar, doesn't get the attention he deserves, but will become a quality big leaguer?
Warren: I'm really not sure. I think everybody contributed this year and everyone got credit for it in the clubhouse, at least. We don't have any one superstar on this team; everyone's contributed offensively, defensively and on the mound.
Inside Pitch: What do you need to work on the most to be ready for next season and what will you be doing to work on it?
Warren: I think during the season strength and condition plays a serious role because players tend to get tired and you need to be in good shape so you can concentrate during the season and play well. My strength and conditioning program is going to be a big thing for me. Running and lifting is on the top of my priority list.
Inside Pitch: What would you say is your biggest strength as a ball player? What do you bring to the field and to your team?
Warren: I don't think it's different, but I try to be competitive from the second I get out there. Pitching out of the bullpen, a lot of the time you come into games with runners on base and I really try and pride myself in not letting inherited runners score. I also take a lot of pride being mentally and physically ready every time I go out there.
Inside Pitch: What did you think of your season this year? How do you think it went for you?
Warren: I'm pleased with the way the season [went] for me. I started to tail off during the end, but I think that had to do with the fact that I was getting tired. Overall though, I think things have worked out pretty well for me.
Inside Pitch: Tells us about your repertoire; what kind of pitches do you throw and at what speeds? What is your strikeout pitch? Which pitch needs the most work? Is there a pitch you'd like to develop?
Warren: I throw a fastball, changeup and a slider. I throw a lot of sliders and that's what I try and put people away with. I don't use my changeup much, but I'd like to. I've [was] working with Hector [Cyclones Pitching coach Hector Berrios] on using my changeup more. I can throw my slider more like a curveball when I have to if I have to so I really don't have to work on learning any other breaking pitches. My fastball also has some sinking action too, but it's still a fastball.
Inside Pitch: To give our fans a better idea of the type of player you are, who would you compare your game to at the Major League level and why?
Warren: Mike Remlinger. He was really successful out of the pen for the Braves, Cubs and a few other teams. I kind of have a funny arm angle because I come over the top in my delivery and I think I look a little like him when I throw.
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