Jason Adam slid from being the 9th best prospect to the 16th best in KC. I'm wondering if he's even the 16th best PITCHER in our system.
Where does he slot in?
And then, lots of guys more comparable to him? Which of these guys would you have given up for him? Gilmartin, Hu, Darnell, Johnson, Olivares, Rosario, Jiminez, Landa, Cedaroth, Rogers, Duffy, Lee, Jones, Melotakis, Eades, Slegers, Wheeler, Reed...
Who's his best comp among our prospects?
Adam just turned 23 a week ago. Though he's perceived to have taken a step back in 2014, look at what the Royals did for him. They moved him to AAA as a reliever, and he's had some very good success in the hit-happy PCL.
I think the comp here is not that far off from Trevor May. Let's compare Adam's age-22 year in AA this season with May's 22-year old season with the Phillies AA club:
Trevor May ERA/FIP/SIERA 4.87/4.88/4.00
Jason Adam ERA/FIP/SIERA 5.03/3.65/3.74
Trevor May WHIP 1.45 K/9 9.1 BB/9 4.7
Jason Adam WHIP 1.39 K/9 8.1 BB/9 2.7
Trevor May BABIP .300 Slash line: .219/.350/.410/.760
Jason Adam BABIP ..338 Slash line: .281/.336/.419/.755
Trevor May repeated three times, at the A level, A+ level and the AA level. Jason Adams has only repeated AA, and even that involved a promotion to AAA, although in a relief role. I think if the Twins can continue the process of teaching Adams how to "pitch" to avoid more bats, the guy has demonstrated that he has projectabiliy- solid control, a decent FB between 91 and 95, touching 97 and a good slider. For Adams to reach his ceiling as a mid-rotation starter like May also projects, the Twins also have to help him develop a more effective third pitch.
As you can tell, I am high on Adam's potential.
Edited by jokin, 12 August 2014 - 04:05 PM.
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