Last night, Adam Warren (above) broke the record for most strikeouts (15) in a single game for the Trenton Thunder. The old record stood for 16 years.

I spoke with Warren a few weeks ago regarding his keys to success. Here’s what I unearthed…

1. Before you compete, you have to lock-in mentally, get serious. It helps to have the same routine.
2. Focus on throwing your game, the things you can control.
3. Take it one game at a time, one pitch at a time.
4. It’s normal to be nervous, use it to your advantage.
5. Have fun, but give it all you’ve got.

These keys to success helped Adam Warren set the Thunder record for strikeouts in a single game, but the result came as a by-product of having the right mindset.

Congrats, Adam!


So here I am in the press box at the Trenton Thunder game. Tonight is a pitcher’s duel with Yankee prospect, Adam Warren of the Thunder (3-0, 2.95 ERA) versus Kyle Drabek of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, who threw a no-hitter earlier this season. Kyle is the son of Cy Young Award winner, Doug Drabek.

I spoke to Yankee prospects, Brandon Laird, Austin Romine and Adam Warren in the locker room before the game.

I asked them if they changed their approach when facing a pitcher that threw a no-hitter earlier in the season.

They all agreed that they wouldn’t change their approach. Anything can happen on any given day.

Laird said, “Today’s a new day, I’m just going to be patient and hopefully he’ll give me something good to hit.”

Austin Romine said, “He’s a good pitcher but it doesn’t change my approach. I’m still trying to do the same thing when I step in the box.”

And starting pitcher, Adam Warren said,  “I just have to do my job, throw my game, I can’t control what the other pitcher does.”

So what does this mean to you?

Focus on the things you can control and don’t worry about the things you can’t. Anything can happen.

The Davids beat the Goliaths all the time.