Dodger Prospect # 19 - LHP James Adkins

Latest in a series on top Dodger prospects as we count down to the very best. While Bill Shelley is on medical leave, take a look at Prospect #19, LHP James Adkins.

Supplemental first-round draft pick James Adkins did well after signing late but was restricted to three-inning stints; in his case, due to a large number of innings piled up in college. He was 0-1, 2.42 for Great Lakes, struck out 30 in 26 innings and generally looked like a worthy choice.

The Dodgers were given a supplemental pick (39th overall) for losing Julio Lugo to the Red Sox. Adkins reportedly received a signing bonus of $790,000.

Adkins ranks as Tennessee's alltime strikeout king, fanning 133 in 122 innings in 2007. He had a deceptive 7-7 record as the Vols managed to average only 4.4 hits in the games he pitched. He's 6-6, 225 from Mount Juliet, Tenn,

His last collegiate start was his best as he allowed Vanderbilt only one hit in 8.2 innings. Vandy was ranked as the top team in the country at the time. For the season, Adkins posted a 2.80 ERA.

The 6-6, 225-pounder works off his slider, which is a major league ready pitch right now. His fastball stays in the 88-92 range and he uses excellent command and control to get batters out. Last season he worked backward, throwing his off-speed stuff to set up the slider and fastball. He needs a third pitch if he is to succeed as a starter.

Some experts think he will be moved to the bullpen in the near future but and that he will make a good middle-reliever. Others expect him to pick up a third pitch and become a middle of the rotation starter.

He worked for Great Lakes last season, where the young hitters found it tough to supply much run support. Despite pitching only 26 innings (11 starts) and the Loons were 8-3 in those starts. He recorded a 53.8 Game Score average, 8th in the Los Angeles system.

Because of his age (22), he will probably start at Inland Empire in 2008.

His record:
James Adkins   bl  tl  6-5  195
Born-November 26, 1985  College-Tennessee
Obtained- Selected as a supplemental first round pick in 2007

year	team   	 w-l    era   gm  gs   in   h   bb  so
2007	GLakes   0-1   2.42   11  11  26.0  17  10  30

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