Jason Adam Interview

Jason Adam was drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 draft out of Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, KS. He passed up an opportunity to pitch for the University of Missouri, in order to sign with his hometown Royals. After a solid first two years of his career, Jason is ready to take the next step in his professional career.

In 2011, he had a solid start to his professional career pitching in Kane County. He started 21 games, averaging about 5 innings per game. His ERA was 4.23, his WHIP was 1.14, and he posted a solid 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio.

In 2012, Adam improved his numbers across the board. He started 27 games, averaging almost 6 innings per game. His ERA dropped to 3.53, his WHIP ticked up slightly to 1.17, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio increased to 3.4:1.

What is your pitching repertoire?

4-seam fastball, sits in low 90s, touches 98

Curveball, sits 78-82, 12-6 motion when it's working

Pinched (oval) change, sits 76-81

He's also working on adding either a 2-seam fastball or a cutter.

What's your go-to pitch when you need strikeout?


What do you need to work on most to continue your success?

Jason wants to be able to work the inside part of the plate more with his fastball. He thinks hitters sometimes get a little too comfortable against him. He also wants to do a better job of mixing up his pitches.

In what level do you think/hope that you'll begin the year?

Jason wants to start the year in AA at Northwest Arkansas.

In what level do you think/hope that you'll end the year?

Jason says everyone wants to make it to Kansas City, but he trusts the organization to do what is best.

Which hitter from Wilmington would you least like to pitch against?

Matt Fields

In what major-league stadiums do you most look forward to pitching?

Kauffman Stadium – living near Kansas City, he grew up a Royals fan. He didn't get to go to as many games as he would have liked because he was always playing baseball. He's also looking forward to playing in Yankee Stadium because of the history and Colorado because he has lots of family out there.

What is your throwing regimen during the season?

Day 1 – Pitch in a game

Day 2 – Light throwing, get loose

Day 3 – Bullpen session off the mound

Day 4 – Long toss – foul line to CF fence max

Day 5 – light throwing out to 120 feet

Do you feel any added pressure by pitching for your hometown team?

Jason says he doesn't ever feel any more pressure than what he puts on himself.

As a kid, who helped you the most to get to where you are now?

Jason said his parents were always very supportive and helpful. He also credited his summer coach, Jeremy Jones, for instilling in him the work ethic that he has now.

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