Austin Adams has bounced around between Triple-A Columbus and the Indians over the past two seasons, registering 48 appearances in a middle relief role during that time. The righty struggled throughout 2016, especially near the end, posting a 24.00 ERA in four appearances in September to bring his season ERA to an abysmal 9.82 in 18.1 innings. The numbers just aren't there for Adams, really. His inability to make people miss is an issue, as his strikeout rate has never carried over from the minors and his .373 BABIP is worrisome at any level. It would seem as if there is little to look forward to with the 30-year-old, whose ailing numbers are rightfully neglected in the middle of the best bullpens in the league. Adams regressed in most statistical categories from 2015 to 2016, although a move to the Angels could bode well for him, as their bullpen situation is dire enough that he could carve out a decent role with enough solid outings.
Adams didn't make the Opening Day roster and was designated for assignment Saturday. Adams' poor 2016 showing carried over to spring training as he allowed eight runs over 11 innings (11 games). Although the possibility exists that he could make his way back up to the majors during the upcoming season, he'll likely serve as organizational depth.
Adams was acquired by the Angels for cash considerations Friday. The recently DFA'd Adams was hit hard over 19 appearances with the Indians last season, notching a 9.82 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP over 18.3 innings. However, he's just one year removed from a much stronger campaign in which he recorded a 3.78 ERA and a much more palatable 1.50 WHIP. If Adams can regain his 2015 form, he could be a serviceable middle reliever in Anaheim.
Adams was designated for assignment by the Indians on Tuesday, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. A spot was needed with Boone Logan's signing becoming official and Adams was the roster casualty. The 30-year-old struggled to a 9.82 ERA in 19 appearances with the Indians last season, but he had a 41:9 K:BB in 37.2 innings at Triple-A and he can pump his fastball in at over 96 mph on average. Adams figures to draw interest while on waivers.
Adams was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The right-hander will come up to provide depth to the Indians' bullpen after finishing out his time with Columbus with a minuscule 0.71 second-half ERA. Adams finished with 63 strikeouts in 44.1 innings in the minors this year but probably won't see enough high-leverage work to be a reliable source of holds.
Adams was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, Paul Hoynes of cleveland.com reports. Adams will head back to Triple-A to work on his development after a failure of a stint with the Indians. The 29-year-old gave up 10 earned runs in just 7.2 innings of relief while striking out just three batters. He will be replaced by right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong who was recalled in a corresponding move.
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