Austin Adams

Position: RHP
Born: 05/05/91
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Via trade from the Angels on December 10, 2016, along with RHP Kyle McGowin for 2B Danny Espinosa (WAS). Originally drafted in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
4-1 with a 2.50 ERA in 28 games of relief at Syracuse (Triple-A) with three saves in as many opportunities, striking out 53 while walking 29 and allowing 29 hits in 36 innings for a .209 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Syracuse on July 14, along with right-handed reliever Trevor Gott, when right-handed starter Joe Ross went on the DL and left-handed reliever Sammy Solis was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 07/15/17

Debut Details
July 15, in a 10-7 win against the Reds. The third of six pitchers, he allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit and two walks without recording an out. He also threw one wild pitch and hit a batter. Of 21 pitches thrown, six were for strikes. He came in to start the bottom of the eighth inning in relief of left-handed reliever Enny Romero, and with the Nationals holding a 10-0 lead. The first batter he faced, Patrick Kivlehan, reached on an error by shortstop Adrian Sanchez. After Stuart Turner walked, the runners advanced on a wild pitch before Adams hit Adam Duvall with a pitch to load the bases with no one out. He then walked Scooter Gennett to drive home Kivlehan with the Reds' first run of the game. Eugenio Suarez followed with an RBI single to left to score Turner before reliever Oliver Perez replaced Adams and retired the next three batters to get out of the inning.

Player Notes
Control has been the University of South Florida's Achilles heel over the years and it reared its head in his brief debut, but he's got some good back-end-of-the-bullpen potential in his plus slider and mid- to high-90s fastball if he can harness it. Acquired this past offseason from the Angels, he's posted a .187 BAA in 194 games, striking out 334 in 254 1/3 innings while allowing just 166 hits and averaged 13.3 K/9 in 2016 when he went 0-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 34 games, mostly at Arkansas (Double-A), fanning 63 and walking 24 while allowing 30 hits in 44 1/3 innings for a .192 BAA. He'd missed a month midseason and spent a few innings in the Rookie Arizona League rehabbing. In 2015 he'd limited batters to a .179 average in 38 games between Inland Empire (High A), Arkansas, and Salt Lake (Triple-A), posting a 3.27 ERA and striking out 71 batters in 55 innings while scattering 33 hits. His BAA was even lower in the hitter-happy Cal League at Inland Empire in 2014, when he limited batters to a .141 average in 59 1/3 innings.