Austin Adams, a Tamba Bay native, played his prep baseball at Zephryhills High School before going on to play at nearby South Florida University.
After his junior year in 2012, Adams was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth round of the that year’s MLB draft.
His professional career began with the Orem Owlz in the Rookie Advanced-level Pioneer League. He moved up to the Class A Burlington Bees of the Midwest League in 2013 and then went on to the Class A Advanced Inland Empire 66ers on the California League in 2014.
After stints with the Class AA Arkansas Travelers, Class AAA Salt Lake Bees in 2015, Adams was added to the Angels’ 40-man roster following the 2016 season. On December 16 of that year, he was traded to the Nationals in a three-player deal.
After two years in Washington and one in Seattle, Adams landed with the Padres in a seven-player transaction that also included catcher Austin Nola and pitcher Dan Altavilla.
Meet the Padres new 7th inning guy — Austin Adams. pic.twitter.com/G7KczBNOC7— Jon Schaeffer (@jonschaeffer) September 26, 2020
Stats: Three games, four innings pitched, 4.50 ERA, seven strikeouts, 1.25 WHIP, allowed two earned runs and three hits
Game of the year
Adams’ best game of 2020 came against the Giants on September 25 when he pitched 1 2⁄3 innings, recorded three strikeouts, and allowed zero hits or runs.