Jason Adam was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 5th round of the 2010 draft. Not having played any after being drafted, this past season was Adam’s first year of professional baseball. Although he didn’t post mind boggling stats by any means, he was still able to hold his own.
Adam spent 2011 with Class A Kane County. There he went 6-9, with a 4.23 ERA, through 104.1 innings pitched, recording 76 strike outs along the way. Not terrible for his first year of pro ball, but I look for Adam to really show off his talents in the coming 2012 season. He certainly has the ability to become a pretty dominant pitcher.
Jason Adam–top 20 prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization–took the time recently to answer some of my questions:
1.) At what age did you first become interested in baseball? Did you always want to be a pitcher?
I’ve always loved baseball as long as I can remember. I started playing competitively at age 8. Honestly though, I was more of a hitter growing up. It wasn’t until a year or two into high school time that my pitching started to become my main focus.
2.) Who was your favorite baseball player growing up? Why?
I had always wanted to be a hitter so I was a big fan of all those home run guys like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
3.) You were drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 draft. What was that process like for you? Where were you when you found out? Initial thoughts?
It was a crazy process but it was a lot of fun. I was huddled around the computer with my family watching the draft when I found out the Royals would be taking me. It was a very special moment for me especially since it was my favorite team and I knew we have such a great minor league system.
4.) This was your first year of professional baseball. What do you feel went well? What do you feel you need to work on for 2012?
I thought it was a fairly successful year but it definitely left me with a lot to work on. A huge thing for me will be working on getting faster to the plate to control the running game. I also want to get really consistent with locating all three pitches.
5.) Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
Nothing in particular, but I do try to remind myself every time that it’s a blessing that I get to play this game and to be thankful for it. You will get humbled very quickly if you start putting yourself on a pedestal.
6.) When was the first time someone asked for your autograph? What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever signed?
Right when I got drafted my buddy asked me to sign a bat, but other than that nothing too strange.
7.) Favorite TV show?
Entourage. I watched every episode in one road trip last year, and I’m in love with Sloan.
8.) Favorite food?
9.) Do you collect anything?
I don’t really collect anything. Maybe if I was super rich I’d collect cars.
10.) What advice would you give to kids who are just starting out that dream of playing professional baseball one day?
Have fun and don’t let anybody tell you what your dreams should be. No matter how successful you are or aren’t at something stay humble and be thankful for the people that help you along the way.
Big thanks to Jason Adam for taking the time to answer my questions.
You can follow him on twitter: @Jason_Adam9