Adams Focused on Consistency

Dunedin, FL – Left-handed pitcher Zak Adams is in his second season with the Blue Jays after being chosen in the 15th round of the 2010 draft. Adams experienced a minor setback last season when he started having elbow pain that was inhibiting him from continuing to play. As a result, he had to sit out the last two months of last season. This season, consistency is key for him.

"I feel like I am healthy and ready to go," Adams said. "I have had surgery before and it takes about a full year to be back to where you were before, but I feel healthy and fine going forward."

Although Adams was not happy about having to sit out at the end of last season, he is definitely starting to feel back to normal and is glad that his pain has subsided. The procedure that was done to him involved shaving down two bones in his elbow that had started to rub together and cause pain for him whenever he was pitching and rotating his arm.

After his procedure, Adams went through a rehabilitation process that lasted until midway through December, when he started feeling back to normal. There are things that the pitcher will have to work on to get himself completely back to normal again, and he is aware of what needs to be done.

"The biggest thing that I need to improve on is consistency and my mechanics," Adams said. "When things go bad, as a pitcher, you can always go back to your mechanics and that's something that I don't have right now."

Rehab carried on into a month of Adams' offseason, but after that was completed he got back into his normal routine at the gym and started working with his pitching coach in Texas again. He was working on trying to get his mechanics back to what they were in the previous season and just simply getting into and maintaining good physical fitness.

"After my first season last year I definitely learned what being in shape is and what being in ‘baseball shape' is," Adams said. "I learned how I need to have my body ready. You don't have to look good, with huge muscles, you just need to be able to stay healthy and be physically fit."

Adams was not pleased with his performance in Spring Training. He feels as though he didn't get to throw quite enough in the offseason to prepare himself for the Spring, and that he may have tried to do too much starting off the seaso.. Extended Spring Training has been better for him, but he feels like he has not been consistent enough. He wants to focus on this moving forward.

"To me, he has one of the best, if not the best curveball in Extended Spring," Pitching Coach David Williams said. "He just needs to develop his command. Sometimes it is off and then other days he hits real well. It pretty much comes down to him being in Extended and developing that consistent routine and continuing to do his work so that he can translate that into a good outing."

Williams said that as a coach and a mentor, he likes to talk to his guys about their demeanors on the mound and about how they handle peaks and valleys during a game. He never wants them to get to a point where they think too highly or lowly of themselves. He has been impressed by their willingness to listen and their ability to understand what he is trying to teach them, Adams included.

"Zak is always thinking past his outing and about what he has to do next," Williams said. "If he has a bad one, then he is thinking of how he can sharpen it up to have a good outing next time. As a young baseball player, he has done a really good job of that."

The 21-year-old pitcher has got some improving to do, but he is feeling confident and keeping his head up high with each game that he pitches.

"I feel like I have gotten to show how good I can be," Adams said, "but it hasn't been consistent and that's the difference between an extended level baseball player and a major leaguer. They do it every time out. I've got the confidence because I know when it clicks it's good and I'm always confident. I could have four bad ones in a row and still have confidence."

Hopefully with Adams' great sense of confidence and the positive feedback that he is receiving, he will be able to have a successful rest of the season and prove the abilities that he knows he has. Williams certainly thinks very high of Adams and knows that with dedication he can go far.

"Zac really needs to keep on top of his work, which he is doing," Williams said. "He self-evaluates himself very well and he knows what he needs to work on. He is a great kid with his head on straight. He can pitch in the big leagues one day with just his make-up. Now we just have to continue developing the athlete."

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\r\n \r\n\"I feel like I am healthy and ready to go,\" Adams said. \"I have had surgery before and it takes about a full year to be back to where you were before, but I feel healthy and fine going forward.\"
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Although Adams was not happy about having to sit out at the end of last season, he is definitely starting to feel back to normal and is glad that his pain has subsided. The procedure that was done to him involved shaving down two bones in his elbow that had started to rub together and cause pain for him whenever he was pitching and rotating his arm.
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After his procedure, Adams went through a rehabilitation process that lasted until midway through December, when he started feeling back to normal. There are things that the pitcher will have to work on to get himself completely back to normal again, and he is aware of what needs to be done.
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\"The biggest thing that I need to improve on is consistency and my mechanics,\" Adams said. \"When things go bad, as a pitcher, you can always go back to your mechanics and that's something that I don't have right now.\"
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Rehab carried on into a month of Adams' offseason, but after that was completed he got back into his normal routine at the gym and started working with his pitching coach in Texas again. He was working on trying to get his mechanics back to what they were in the previous season and just simply getting into and maintaining good physical fitness.
\r\n\r\n
\"After my first season last year I definitely learned what being in shape is and what being in ‘baseball shape' is,\" Adams said. \"I learned how I need to have my body ready. You don't have to look good, with huge muscles, you just need to be able to stay healthy and be physically fit.\"
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Adams was not pleased with his performance in Spring Training. He feels as though he didn't get to throw quite enough in the offseason to prepare himself for the Spring, and that he may have tried to do too much starting off the seaso.. Extended Spring Training has been better for him, but he feels like he has not been consistent enough. He wants to focus on this moving forward.
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\"To me, he has one of the best, if not the best curveball in Extended Spring,\" Pitching Coach David Williams said. \"He just needs to develop his command. Sometimes it is off and then other days he hits real well. It pretty much comes down to him being in Extended and developing that consistent routine and continuing to do his work so that he can translate that into a good outing.\"
\r\n\r\n
Williams said that as a coach and a mentor, he likes to talk to his guys about their demeanors on the mound and about how they handle peaks and valleys during a game. He never wants them to get to a point where they think too highly or lowly of themselves. He has been impressed by their willingness to listen and their ability to understand what he is trying to teach them, Adams included.
\r\n\r\n
\"Zak is always thinking past his outing and about what he has to do next,\" Williams said. \"If he has a bad one, then he is thinking of how he can sharpen it up to have a good outing next time. As a young baseball player, he has done a really good job of that.\"
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The 21-year-old pitcher has got some improving to do, but he is feeling confident and keeping his head up high with each game that he pitches.
\r\n\r\n
\"I feel like I have gotten to show how good I can be,\" Adams said, \"but it hasn't been consistent and that's the difference between an extended level baseball player and a major leaguer. They do it every time out. I've got the confidence because I know when it clicks it's good and I'm always confident. I could have four bad ones in a row and still have confidence.\"
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Hopefully with Adams' great sense of confidence and the positive feedback that he is receiving, he will be able to have a successful rest of the season and prove the abilities that he knows he has. Williams certainly thinks very high of Adams and knows that with dedication he can go far.
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\"Zac really needs to keep on top of his work, which he is doing,\" Williams said. \"He self-evaluates himself very well and he knows what he needs to work on. He is a great kid with his head on straight. He can pitch in the big leagues one day with just his make-up. Now we just have to continue developing the athlete.\"
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