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William Edward Adams

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Willie Adams pitched briefly in the majors.

Adams was 7-3 with a 4.14 ERA as a college freshman at Stanford in 1991. In 1992, he improved to 8-3, 3.91 with a save, outperforming teammates Rick Helling and Andrew Lorraine, both future major leaguers. Adams made the Pacific-10 Conference All-Southern Division Team as one of two starting pitchers chosen.

Adams spent the summer of 1992 with Team USA, going 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA in 11 games. He pitched in the 1992 Olympics, allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings. Adams fell to 8-5, 4.23 his junior year at Stanford, allowing over a hit per inning. He was still drafted by the 1993 Oakland Athletics on June 3, in the first round (36th pick) of the amateur draft. He signed on July 21.

The right-hander spent his first season in the class A Midwest League with the Madison Muskies. He appeared in only 5 games, pitching 18 2/3 innings, winning none and losing 2 with a 3.38 ERA.

This would be the first of 8 seasons, 1993 through 2000, for Willie in the minors, in between two short trips to the major leagues with the Oakland Athletics in 1996 and 1997.

He was in 8 leagues in the minors with 9 different teams. In the minors, Willie appeared in 123 games, winning 40 and losing 34, pitching 584 innings, giving up 630 base hits, 282 earned runs and had a 4.03 ERA. Adams had two good years in the minors; he went 7-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 1994 with the Modesto A's and in 1996 he was 10-4 with a 3.78 ERA for the PCL Edmonton Trappers.

Adams appeared in 12 games for the 1996 Oakland Athletics winning 3 and losing 4, pitching 76.3 innings and ending up with a 4.01 ERA.

A number of solid starts in 1996 earned Adams a chance at a permanent spot in the A's rotation in 1997, but he struggled early and was sent to Triple-A in late May. Before being sent down he won 3 and lost 5 in 13 appearences, pitching 58 1/3 innings and ending up with an 8.18 ERA.

Adams had trouble throwing strikes early, an unexplained malady that prevented him from becoming a reliever. Chronic shoulder problems eventually forced him out of Oakland's pitching plans.

An unknown transaction placed Adams with the Boston Red Sox in 1999 and Adams would play in the minors throughout the remainder of his professional baseball career. He would finish up with the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2000.

[edit] Sources

baseball-reference.com
SABR MILB Database:Adams page

[edit] Other Information

  • Primarily wore number 40.
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