Joel Lee Adamson
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 4", Weight 185 lb.
- School Cerritos College
- Debut April 10, 1996
- Final Game April 26, 1998
- Born July 2, 1971 in Lakewood, CA USA
On June 4, 1990 Joel Adamson was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the seventh round of the 1990 amateur draft. He signed to play on June 26, 1990. He would spend his first season with the Appalachian League (Rookie Adv.) Princeton Patriots. He appeared in 12 games, won 2 and lost 5 for a 3.88 ERA. During the next six years Joel would be part of eight teams in seven leagues before getting his first chance in the major leagues with the 1996 Florida Marlins.
Adamson was selected by the 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1997 expansion draft after the solid year with the 1997 Brewers, but his season was cut short by rotator cuff surgery. Like many ballplayers, Adamson was superstitious about success. "If I pitch good, I won't wash my socks," the lefty told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in 1997. Joel went 0-3 in 5 games, pitching 23 innings and came up with a 8.22 ERA. On October 2, he was released by the 1998 Diamondbacks. This was the end of his major league career.
Joel tried to make a comeback in 1999 with the Pawtucket Red Sox, going 2-4 and with the Tacoma Rainiers he was 2-2. He was released at the end of the season. At 28 years of age and a bad rotator cuff there were no takers and the lefthander went on to other things.
Over the three year period Adamson's major league numbers showed 5 wins and 6 losses, appearing in 44 games, pitching 110 innings with a 4.89 ERA. Joel's minor league figures gave him 47 wins and 52 losses in 194 games, pitching 881 innings with a 4.27 ERA.
Adamson primarily wore number 38.
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