I love how the headlines on this site have a different slant than the “regular” baseball media. For example, the title on mlb.com is “Angels Acquire Espinosa from Nationals” with the subtitle “Pitching Prospects McGowin, Adams Headed for Washington.”
Why? Well, brilliant reader, Austin Adams played for Staunton in 2011. That’s why.
You can read the article if you want to hear about Espinosa, because here we’ll focus on Adams.
Austin is 25, and was originally picked in the 8th round of the 2012 draft by the Angels. I think it’s safe to say that he’s put up some pretty fascinating stats in pro ball.
First of all, he’s pitched in 166 games- all out of the bullpen. He’s thrown a total of 218 1/3 innings.
W-L, saves: 8-7, 11 (He’s factored in a decision in only 16% of his appearances)
WHIP: 1.342 (too high)
BB/9: 6.4 (156 walks in 218 innings is way too many)
K/9: 11.6 (Here it is! This is an amazing number. Austin has struck out 281 batters in 218 innings- which is awesome.)
Taylor Blake Ward wrote back in 2015 for scout.com that Austin is a “max-effort” pitcher, but then went on to say this:
Adams has a sick arsenal, equipped with a four-seam fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup. His fastball sits primarily in the 92-95 MPH range, and has good cutting movement to it, which allows him to attack left-handed bats, and pitch away from right-handed bats.
Ward went on to admit, though, that Adams has some trouble in the “control department.”
It’s a little bit odd that the Angels traded Austin, as they had added him to the 40-man roster just a few days ago. Anyway, we’ll see how Austin fares in the Nationals’ system. Maybe he’ll be appearing in Washington in 2017!