A week ago I wrote about how Pittsburgh Pirates 23rd round pick Zach Warren was requesting a release from his commitment to Tulane. Warren had committed to Tulane before several changes to the coaching staff, and requested his release as a result of those changes. According to Warren himself, on Twitter, he has been de-committed and released from Tulane.
What this means for Warren is that he’s now free to commit to another school. He had previously said that he expected to receive interest from Tennessee, UNC, and Miami if he would have been granted his release from Tulane. A lot of top college programs recently lost some of their best recruits, due to the MLB draft. For that reason, Warren will be in a good position to get a commitment, especially since he also comes with the allure of being a mid-round MLB pick.
What this means for the Pirates is that it might be more difficult to sign the prep lefty. They would almost certainly need to go over-slot to sign him, only they’re now competing against every school that might have interest in him, rather than just Tulane. The Pirates have money for more over-slot deals, and three prep players in the top 25 rounds, including Warren. It’s not impossible for them to sign Warren, but his release from Tulane definitely made the signing harder.
Warren is no sure thing, but has a projectable frame and the chance to add velocity as he adds some muscle to that frame. He had control problems his senior year, which shouldn’t be a big issue for the Pirates, since they’ve done well teaching control to younger players. The Pirates have a lot of projectable right-handers with Warren’s profile, but they don’t have many projectable left-handers. If they did sign Warren, he would be an interesting addition to the system.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.