Former Ashland University right-handed pitcher Art Warren has received an invitation to the Seattle Mariners' major league spring training camp. He will report to the Mariners' facility in Peoria, Ariz. with other non-roster invitees in February.
The Defiance, Ohio native has steadily climbed through the ranks of Seattle's minor league system after being drafted in the 23rd Round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Ashland.
He spent the 2017 season with the Modesto Nuts, the Mariners' Advanced-A affiliate in the California League. Warren made 43 appearances out of the bullpen, racking up eight saves and a 3.06 ERA. He struck out 67 batters in 64 2/3 innings as opponents hit just .247 off him.
Warren struck out the side in the ninth inning of Game 3 of the California League Finals to secure the Nuts' championship. The right-hander also made the final pitch of the Arizona Fall League as his Peoria Javelinas won the title.
In his minor league career, Warren is 15-3 with a 3.16 ERA. In one season with Ashland in 2015, Warren was 5-4 with a 3.88 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. He helped the Eagles advance to the 2015 NCAA Division II regional in St. Charles, Mo. where he earned a win over Grand Valley State, giving up just three hits and no runs in six innings.
The last AU player to pitch in the Major Leagues was Gene Stechschulte, who spent parts of three seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2000-02.