In trading Josh Willingham to the Kansas City Royals, the Twins acquired pitching prospect Jason Adam. Now just who is Jason Adam, let’s take a look by seeing what others had to say.
Twinkie Town: "As an 18-year old out of Blue Valley Northwest High School in Kansas, Adam was drafted by the team he'd been a fan of his entire life. He would debut for Kansas City's A-ball affiliate in 2011, starting 21 games and posting a 4.23 ERA in 104.1 innings. Later that autumn, in the Arizona Fall League, Adam blew up...in a good way. Scouts were glowing over his 98 mph fastball and his curveball. But those reports hadn't extended to his performance for Kane County, where his fastball sat in the upper 80s and lower 90s."
ESPN: “The 23-year-old Adam, who grew up in the Kansas City suburb of Overland Park, was 5-9 with a 4.67 ERA with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha this season. And while the Royals had toyed with making him a reliever, the Twins intend to convert him back to a starter.”
But more importantly here is what Terry Ryan had to say about Adams in the Star Tribune Article: “He’s a young kid with a good arm,” Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said of Adam, who grew up 20 minutes from Kauffman Stadium. “His stuff is pretty impressive. You look at his bio, his numbers aren’t really eye-popping, but we’ve seen him quite a bit. A number of our people have put in good reports on him.”
So here is to hoping that Adam is a solid starter with the Twins in the future and the trade pays off.