Despite pitching in the bullpen through most of the previous two seasons, Adam Warren began the 2015 season in the Yankees' starting rotation. Warren pitched well as a starter, attaining a 5-5 record with a ERA over innings (14 starts) and striking out 54. On June 29, he was moved back to the bullpen when Iván Nova returned from the DL.  Warren earned his first save of the season on July 28, when he pitched three perfect innings to end the Yankees' 21-5 win over the Texas Rangers .  Warren was inserted back into the rotation on September 15 following Nathan Eovaldi 's season-ending shoulder injury, where he made three more starts to end the season.  Warren ended 2014 pitching 131 1 ⁄ 3 innings, the most in his career, with a 7-7 record, ERA and 104 strikeouts.
The launch pad for European prospects and the European game are academies like this one in Regensburg. With a capacity of 20 players at a time, boys aged 15 through 19 cycle through a four-year program. They are surrounded by coaches with professional experience in the ., a trainer, a physical therapist, sports doctors, tutors, nutritionists and specialized chefs. They live in a cozy dorm with an indoor batting cage and spend six days a week playing 30 to 35 hours of baseball within the framework of a regimented schedule. Makeup is emphasized, as is education -- academy alumni have a 100 percent graduation rate in Bavaria's demanding high school system.
Today German baseball struggles to find its own identity, trying to search for a culture markedly different from American baseball. Like almost every other nation in Europe, Germany identifies with soccer more than any other sport. Yet the team no longer plays in front of empty stands – Germany played host to games in the 2009 World Cup and sold upwards of 11,000 tickets. The World Baseball Classic’s qualifying round will hopefully assist the Germans to carve a niche in baseball that they can call their own, with success being directly attributed to German players. Germany has released it’s qualifying roster and 13 of the 28 players have been pulled from the Bundesliga. Reinforcements from professional baseball include Toby Gardenhire (son of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who born on a . base in Germany, thus making Toby eligible), Alex Burgos , Kai Gronauer , Donald Lutz , Max Keple r, Jake Shaffe r, Markus Solbach , Daniel Thieben , Matt Weaver , and most notably former Major Leaguer Will Ohman .