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Millbrook’s Adams made the big show
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Friday, 25 July 2014 15:02

7-17austinAustin Adams made his Major League Baseball debut on Saturday July 12, 2014 with the Cleveland Indians.

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By ART PARKER, Editor

Things may not have turned out the way he wanted, but Millbrook's Austin Adams can now say he was a big league ball player.

One the same day that Babe Ruth made his big league debut, 100 years later, the Cleveland Indians "called up" the former Stanhope Elmore player from his AAA base in Columbus, Ohio. That was last Friday and on Saturday, in the ninth inning, Adams got the call made to the bullpen by Indians manager Terry Francona. Adams came to the mound and gave up a few hits, a few runs and the White Sox defeated the Indians. Even though it wasn't a memorable debut the light at the end of the tunnel finally arrived, something that only happens to a very small number of minor leaguers.

It has been a long road for Adams, who pitched sparingly at Stanhope Elmore, and made his mark as a top notch shortstop who was also effective with a bat in his hands. Adams was also a member of the American Legion Millbrook Post 133 team that won the first ever team state championship for Millbrook, in any sport, when the boys won the Legion title in 2004. He went on to Faulkner University and eventually his arm was noticed. Before too long his pitching ability caught the attention of scouts and he was drafted in 2009 by the Indians, just a couple of draft slots from his high school teammate Joseph Sanders, who was drafted by Colorado. Adams worked and worked and got his first invitation to go to spring training with the big ball club in 2012.

Then a major setback happened. Adams injured his right shoulder in 2012 and surgery was required. It was something that could have forced his professional baseball career to come to a screeching halt. He was forced to sit out the season, but he made a comeback and in 2013 returned as a reliever. Since then things have worked out well and Adams fastball comes close to the 100 mph barrier. His performance at AAA Columbus positioned him for a "call up," which finally came last week.

Adams was called up just before the All-Star break so there will be no major league regular season games until Thursday, July 17. It is uncertain if Adams will stay with the big club after the break, but at least the ice has been broken and the former Mustangs shortstop is on the brink of being a full time major league pitcher.

 
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