Spencer Adams’ 2018 is one that’s seen him start at AA Birmingham and promoted to AAA Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox organization. The former White County Warriors (c/o 2014) two-sport star will toe the rubber for the final time in 2018 fittingly at Gwinnett on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Last time Adams pitched here at Coolray Field in Gwinnett in front of hundreds of family and friends from nearby White County, he dazzled with a seven-inning gem, shutting out the Stripers while surrendering just four hits and two walks while striking out four.
“It was great experience,” says Adams about playing in front of his family and friends at Coolray. “It was one of the ones I was looking forward to the most ever since I was drafted. Playing here in front of everybody, it was a great feeling. When I went out to warm up for the first time, and got a standing ovation, I got a little nervous that time. Threw the first warmup pitch in the dirt, but said ‘you gotta figure it out and get it together right here.’ It ended up being a great day.”
In 2018, he’s 7-12 with a 3.91 ERA between AA and AAA through 27 starts. He’s 4-6 with a 3.35 ERA since being called up to Charlotte. His 28th start of the season on Sunday will set a new career-high for the 22-year-old since being drafted straight out of high school in the 2nd Round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
“You try not to think about it too much,” adds Adams on the difficulty of adjusting each time you get called up. “It’s still the same ball game. But it’s a lot of smarter players up here. There’s less room for error…you mess up they’re going to make you pay for it.”
The #12-ranked prospect in the White Sox organization has 91 strikeouts in 152 innings of work this season, against just 58 walks. His complete career minor league stat line includes 114 games played (113 starts) with a 39-47 record and 3.85 ERA to go with 459 strikeouts and four complete games (2 shutouts).
“It’ll be a dream come true,” states Adams. “I’ll be overwhelmed with emotions. It’s hard to say what that will feel like, but I imagine it’ll be similar to when I got drafted. Hopefully it’ll happen sooner rather than later.”