RC Interview with Jason Adam

Jason Adam, a graduate of Blue Valley Northwest, was selected by the Royals in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. Over the weekend, RC's Connor Moylan caught up with the young right-hander to discuss his repertoire and his prospects of signing with the Royals.

Royals General Manager Dayton Moore has stated that he wants to make sure that the Royals don't miss out on local talent, as the club has in the past. Over the last couple of years, the Royals have made a concerted effort to draft some of the top regional standouts, including pitching prospects like Tim Melville and Aaron Crow. In this year's talent-grab, the Royals selected Jason Adam in the fifth round, a right-handed pitcher from Blue Valley Northwest.

Adam stands 6-foot-4, 225 lbs., and he just finished a strong senior season for the Huskies. The right-hander logged a 2.16 ERA in 41.3 innings this spring, fanning 79 batters while only issuing 7 walks. He was also impressive in the field, which was evident by his selection as a 2010 Kansas All-State third baseman.

Adam was originally pegged as a player who could be selected in the first three rounds, thanks to his projectable frame, his plus fastball, and some promising secondary pitches. Most teams were scared off, however, by his commitment to the University of Missouri. The Royals were thrilled to see his name still on the board in the fifth round and thought his talent was too good to pass up.

Over the weekend, RC's Connor Moylan caught up with Adam for a brief interview to get his thoughts on being drafted by his hometown team, and to learn more about his repertoire.

Royals Corner: Were you a big Royals fan growing up? Were you excited to be drafted by your local team?

I've always been a Royals fan, because I have lived here since I was one. And I was extremely excited that they drafted me. It was like a dream come true.

What were your expectations heading into the draft? Did you know that Royals had an interest in you?

I expected to get drafted – I just didn't know when. I knew that the Royals and a couple of other teams were pretty interested, so it was an exciting day.

Do you think you will sign? If you sign, what level do you think you will start at?

As of right now, the plan is to sign, but there are no guarantees. I would imagine they would just start me at rookie ball in Arizona.

Could you talk a little bit about your repertoire? What pitches do you throw, and what speeds do you work at?

My three pitches right now are my fastball, changeup and curveball. My fastball usually sits around 90-92, and my change and curve are around the high-70s to low-80s.

What pitch do you think is going to need the most work as a professional?

I think all my pitches will need some work. I'm trying to develop a good two-seam fastball, so that will take a lot of work. I mainly need to work on overall consistency with my pitches.

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