Former USF, ZHS pitcher Austin Adams gets big-league call
Five years after being drafted, former USF and Zephyrhills High RHP Austin Adams has reached the big leagues.
Adams, a 26-year-old reliever, was promoted Friday from the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y. An eighth-round pick of the Angels in 2012, he was moved up with fellow right-hander Trevor Gott after LHP Sammy Solis was optioned to Syracuse, and Joe Ross was moved to the disabled list.
“I'm just so blessed, man,” Adams, who has worked more than 250 minor league innings (all in relief) told the Washington Post.
"I've been in the minor leagues for freakin' six, seven years now. Been up and down. And the inner struggles of, 'Am I good enough to do this?' And then finally understanding, 'Hey I can do this. I'm good enough to do this.' It's an awesome feeling. Absolutely.”
In 28 appearances for Syracuse, Adams struck out 53 in 36 innings, posting a 2.50 ERA. He broke through for USF as a junior in 2012, fanning 34 in 29.2 innings, posting five saves and a 1.82 ERA.