Bulls reliever Adams drafted in 8th by Angels
As expected, the first member of USF's 2012 baseball team to go in the MLB draft is junior reliever Austin Adams, who was selected Tuesday in the eighth round by the Angels.
Adams, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Zephyrhills, had a breakout season in 2012, finishing with the staff's best ERA at 1.95 and holding opposing batters to a ridiculous .129 average. He finished the season with 34 strikeouts against only 10 walks in 27.2 innings, earning four saves while sharing the closer role for the Bulls.
In two previous seasons, Adams had an ERA above 10.00 in both years, blossoming this spring under Bulls pitching coach Chuck Hernandez. Adams is the second player with USF ties taken in the draft -- signee Walker Lockett of Jacksonville went in the fourth round to the Padres, likely costing Lelo Prado one of his top incoming players.