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Jonathan Scott Adkins

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Jon Adkins pitched six seasons in the major leagues, of which 2004 and 2006 have provided the bulk of his innings. In 2008 he had 30 saves for Louisville.

He was born in West Virginia and went to high school in that state before attending Oklahoma State University. He was a ninth-round draft pick in 1998 by the Oakland Athletics, and was in their minor league organization from 1999 to part of 2002. He was in Triple A ball as early as 2000, and from 2000 to 2002 bounced between Single A, Double A, and Triple A ball.

In 2002, he came to the Chicago White Sox in the Ray Durham deal, and by 2003 he was up with them for 4 games, while posting a 3.96 ERA in Triple A at Charlotte that year.

In 2004, he pitched in 40 games with the White Sox, posting a 4.65 ERA, and some fans thought that he would get a spot on the 2005 roster, while pitcher Neal Cotts, who had pitched in 56 games with a 5.65 ERA, might be sent to the minors. Adkins and Cotts were both young relievers in 2004, neither of whom had notched any saves that year. owever, Cotts won the spot on the roster and had a 1.94 ERA with the White Sox in 2005, while Adkins spent most of 2005 in Charlotte as a starter with a 5.37 ERA and a 4-9 record.

Adkins signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres in 2006, and was at the major league level for most of the season, appearing in 55 games with a 3.98 ERA. Cotts, meanwhile, slumped to 5.17 with the White Sox. Adkins also appeared in 13 games in 2006 with the Padres' Portland Beavers affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, with an ERA of 1.38.

Following the season, Adkins was traded to the New York Mets. He spent most of 2007 with the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs, appearing in one game in the bigs with the Mets in late July. After the season, he became a free agent and signed with the Cincinnati Reds organization, making four appearances with the Reds late in the 2008 season.

In 2009, Adkins played in Korea for the Lotte Giants. He debuted in the KBO on April 4 with a perfect inning against the Seoul Heroes. In 50 games, he was 3-5 with 26 saves and a 3.83 ERA. He tied Yong-chan Lee for the 2009 KBO lead in saves. It would be his only season in Korea. In late 2010, he became a scout for the Boston Red Sox. He signed Travis Shaw.

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