White Sox Prospect Profile: Spencer Adams
Mar 10, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; A look at the Chicago White Sox on deck batting equipment before the spring training game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox selected 18-year old right-handed pitcher Spencer Adams in the second round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and recently he was named the No. 3 prospect for the White Sox by Baseball America.
Adams, who is from Cleveland (GA), pitched in 10 games this past season with the Arizona Rookie League White Sox, where he tallied a 3-3 overall record (9 starts) in 41.2 innings pitched.
The 6-3, 171 pound RHP allowed 49 hits, along with 22 runs (17 earned) and four home runs. His control was good, walking just four batters, plus he finished with 59 strikeouts.
Adams also held the opponents to a .282 batting average, with his WHIP (walks + hits/innings pitched) at 1.27.
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MLB.com reported his signing by the White Sox in early June, writing:
"“According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Adams passed his physical and will receive a signing bonus of $1,282,700, which was the full recommended value. CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes first reported the news.”"
While with the AZL White Sox, he pitched six innings in an outing on back-to-back occasions on Aug. 2 and Aug. 8, where he went 1-1 in that time frame. He pitched five innings three times (not including the two six-inning games).
In his 10 total outings, Adams allowed two or less earned runs seven times, and didn’t walk a batter until his fourth appearance in the Arizona Rookie League.
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Before the draft, MLB.com wrote:
"“His sharp slider is his best secondary offering and has the potential to be a swing-and-miss offering. His changeup and curveball give him two more pitches that have the chance to be average or better. “"
What seems to be a positive for Adams was his improvement from his first five outings to his final five games played in.
In his first five games, Adams had an ERA of 4.58 in 17.2 IP. In his final five games he had an ERA of 3.00 in 24 innings pitched. Two of his three total wins came in the second half of the season.
I’m pretty excited for the future prospects of Adams in the organization, but being just 18 years old it will be a little while before we will get to hopefully see him in the majors.
He doesn’t have to be rushed, and if he does eventually make it to the majors, it does seem like the Whtie Sox will have another talented pitcher in the rotation one day in the future.