MLB.com ranked right-hander Jason Adam as the KC Royals 16th best prospect at the end of July. He had one of the biggest drops on the prospect list (he was ranked ninth in the preseason).
There had been high hopes for Adam since the Royals drafted him out of their own backyard back in 2010. However, things haven’t gone as planned of late, leading to the Royals trading him to Minnesota in August.
Adam seemed to figure things out in the Arizona Fall League last fall, so there were some high expectations going into 2014. He went to big league camp, but was one of the first cuts. Then he returned to Double-A NW Arkansas.
Back with the Naturals, Adam was 4-8 with a 5.03 ERA. In 19 games (18 starts), he allowed 107 hits and walked 30 in 98.1 innings. He gave up nine home runs, but did strike out 89 batters.
The one major issue with Adam over the last three seasons has been pitch count. He throws too many pitches in an inning and doesn’t last more than five innings often.
With his changeup and curveball lagging behind his fastball and new slider, the Royals moved Adam to the bullpen…and then promoted him to Triple-A Omaha.
The results were mixed. In 15.1 innings with the Storm Chasers, Adam allowed 17 hits, walked four, and hit three. However, he only allowed four runs and did not allow a homer.
After being acquired in August, the Twins sent him to Double-A New Britain. The Twins upper level minor league affiliates play in more pitcher’s leagues, so this needs to be the time for Adam to shine.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a look back at #15.