#11 Jason Adam
Acquired: Drafted in the 5th Round of the 2010 Amateur Draft
From: Overland Park, KS
Drafted in 2010, Jason Adam required an $800K signing bonus from Kansas City to stay off the University of Missouri's campus. The Royals love Adam's upside. In high school and the Instructional League he routinely displayed a 93-97 mph fastball. His curveball has shown signs of being a plus pitch and his change could one day be another above average offering.
In his first professional season, Adam's fastball dipped to the upper 80s and low 90s range once he had to pitch every fifth day. Hopefully the dip in velocity is a result to a new routine and more innings, and it will rise as Adam adjusts to professional life. The other concern with Adam in 2011 was his delivery which was called "glacially slow to the plate" by Baseball America. In fact, Adam allowed 27 of 30 base stealers to achieve their goal.
Adam wasn't dominate in the Midwest League, but he did enough to show Royals prospect hounds why the organization was so exited about his future. Particularly of my liking was the .235/.288/.370 slash line that Adam yielded to opposing Midwest League hitters. Adam has mid rotation potential and he should open 2012 in Wilmington's bullpen.
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