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|San Diego Padres — No. 37|
|Born: July 29, 1978 (1978-07-29) (age 32)|
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|May 18, 2004 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through June 28, 2011)
|Earned run average||2.17|
Jon Michael Adams (born on July 29, 1978 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is a right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for the San Diego Padres. Adams throws hard, his fastball routinely reaching the mid-90s.
Adams grew up in Sinton, Texas, population of less than 6,000, and graduated from Sinton High School where he was an All-State selection in baseball and basketball. He attended Texas A&M University–Kingsville where he continued to play both sports. The Milwaukee Brewers signed Adams as an undrafted free agent in 2001.
Adams made his Major League debut on May 18, 2004, in a 3-2 loss to the Montreal Expos. In his first two Major League seasons, he compiled an earned run average of 3.26 in 59 games. On May 26, 2006, he was traded to the New York Mets for pitcher Geremi Gonzalez. Soon after, he was claimed by the Cleveland Indians. On July 18, 2006, the Indians traded Adams to the Padres for right-handed pitcher Brian Sikorski. Adams played for four minor league teams in 2006: Nashville Sounds, Norfolk Tides, Buffalo Bisons, and Portland Beavers.
Adams battled injuries, missing the 2007 season after undergoing three knee surgeries. He missed the first two months of 2009 after shoulder surgery. Afterward through 2010, he was on the 15-day disabled list twice, once for a fatigued shoulder and another time for a strained oblique.
He pitched well from 2009–10, throwing 107 innings and allowing 62 hits with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 118/31 and an earned run average (ERA) of 1.35. As the eighth-inning specialist, he appeared in a career-high 70 games in 2010, including eight of the final 11 games which consisted of a stretch of five consecutive games. Adams signed a one-year, $2,535,000 contract for 2011, avoiding salary arbitration. The earliest he could become a free agent is after the 2012 season.Player profile
Adams throws hard with a fastball in the mid-90s mph. He is not afraid to pitch inside. He is effective against both right and left-handed batters. "He’s got the fastball inside. He’s got the cutter/slider inside. And he commands the outside of the plate (against right-handed and left-handed batters). The command is good, the stuff is good and the head’s good," said Padres manager Bud Black. Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley attributed Adams’ success against lefties to a hard, inside slider. "It neutralizes them a little bit," Balsley said. "They’re not able to dive out over the plate."