A young baseball player from Birmingham Groves High School saw his childhood dream come true when the 2020 MLB Draft concluded.
From Southfield, Michigan, Zavier Warren was selected in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers after three successful seasons at Central Michigan University.
Warren was rated the No. 19 prospect in Michigan by Prep Baseball Report after earning all-district honors from the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association and Second Team All-State Honors in 2016.
Warren committed to Central Michigan University, knowing that the university was the right fit for him academically and athletically.
During the 2018 season, Warren broke out as a versatile freshman in the program. Making 50 starts in 52 games, which included 40 starts at shortstop along with some starts at catcher, third base, and first base. Warren hit .277 while driving in 27 runs and stole three bases on four attempts.
In 2019, Warren was named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America Third Team, becoming the 22nd All-American in program history and the first since 2017. Warren led the MAC in on-base percentage (.502), runs (73), doubles (23) and walks (54). His 23 doubles are currently a single-season program record.
Warren reflected on his thoughts about breaking the record as the season was winding to a close.
“I didn’t know that I was that close to breaking the doubles record until I had about 18 doubles,” Warren said. “We still had a decent number of games left to get four more doubles, so I wasn’t worried about it or thinking about it that much.”
During his career at Central Michigan University, Warren recorded a .325 hitting average, 162 hits, 104 RBIs, 103 walks, and 28 doubles in 129 games (499 plate appearances).
Warren reflected on his success at the plate by saying how much he benefited from Coach Jordan Bischel’s approach to the game.
“Coach Bischel and his staff came in and taught a new hitting approach and also pushed us to play with as much energy as possible,” Warren said. “I benefited greatly from the aggressive style hitting approach and the mental side of the new hitting plan they provided us.”
While his journey at Central Michigan has come to a close, Warren has a new opportunity to continue playing baseball as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
Warren described what Brewers fans should know about him by highlighting his most important tool. Hitting.
“Brewers fans are getting a utility player that can play all infield positions and catch as well,” Warren said. “Hitting is probably my favorite thing about baseball and is perhaps my best tool.”
While being drafted may be Warren’s most significant accomplishment, his time at Central Michigan was filled with memories that will stay with him for a lifetime.
“I would say my biggest accomplishment and memory is being named an All-American and beating Miami University in the Starkville Regional in 2019,” Warren said.