I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and the start to Hanukkah. Now it is back to the KC Royals top 20 prospects and how their seasons went.
Number 19 on MLB.com’s midseason top prospects list was right-hander Jason Adam. He dropped from being number 13 prior to the start of the 2013 season.
Adam did not win his first game in Double-A until June 6th and had already allowed 11 doubles, two triples, six home runs, and nine stolen bases over his first four starts.
He pitched better in June, averaging six innings a start while picking up three wins. However, he struggled to start July, allowing 21 runs in his first four starts.
Adam began to turn his season around on July 27th, when he allowed just one earned run in five innings to pick up the win. He went on to win four of his next five starts before getting bombed on August 26th (2.2IP, 9H, 8R, 2BB, 2K). He rebounded in his final start of the season (7.1IP, 4H, R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K).
On the plus side, Adam did not allow a home run in six August starts. On the negative side, eight of his 12 homers allowed came off the bat of right-handed hitters.
Control and not going deep into games (besides giving up the long ball) have hampered Adam throughout his career. In 2013, he walked 54 in 26 starts, totaling 147.2 innings. He did strike out 126, but also hit 15 batters. Of his 26 starts, 16 were more than five innings. That was much improved from 2012.
Adam pitched in the Arizona Fall League and had a few bumps, but for the most part, he pitched well. I was most impressed with the fact that his strike-to-ball ratio was very good. He regularly threw 40+ of his 70+ pitches for strikes. He walked just four in seven starts (29 innings) while striking out 24.
Adams should return to NW Arkansas to begin the 2014 season to see if he can conquer the hitter-friendly Texas League. If he does, he will not stick around long.
*On Saturday, I will be looking at number 18.