Spencer Adams has been overshadowed by the gaudy strikeout totals of Michael Kopech, Jordan Guerrero and Matt Cooper, but the 21-year-old was able to top his rotationmates in terms of efficiency.
Adams threw a Maddux on Friday night, needing just 96 pitches to shut out Mobile. He allowed just three singles and a walk while striking out eight, which is only a slight improvement on his walk-to-strikeout ratio for the season. He erased one runner with a double play, another was caught stealing and another was thrown out at home, meaning Adams faced just 28 batters over the course of the evening.
Known for his control, Adams has issued just eight walks over 751⁄3 innings. The concern is that he doesn’t miss enough bats to play at the higher levels, but he’s improved in this category from his first season in Birmingham to his second:
- 2016: 11.3% K, 4.4% BB
- 2017: 18.9% K, 2.6% BB
Adams now has a 3.46 ERA over 12 starts and 751⁄3 innings, and with only three unearned runs on the season.
- Yoan Moncada homered, drew three walks and struck out once.
- Jaocb May went 1-for-4 with a sac bunt and two strikeouts.
- Nicky Delmonico was 0-for-5 with a K.
- Danny Hayes, 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Rymer Liriano, 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Carson Fulmer: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 57 of 88 pitches for strikes.
- Eddy Alvarez was 0-for-2 with a walk, HBP and strikeout.
- Jake Peter went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
- Alfredo Gonzalez was 0-for-2 with a walk, sac bunt and strikeout.
- Spencer Adams: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 WP
- Johan Cruz went 1-for-4 with a double and a strikeout.
- Zack Collins, 1-for-4 with a homer and two strikeouts.
- Trey Michalczewski was ejected after a strikeout.
- Luis Alexander Basabe went 2-for-3.
- Zach Thompson: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
- Joel Booker went 2-for-5.
- Jameson Fisher was perfect, going 5-for-5 with a homer.
- Courtney Hawkins was 0-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.
- Micker Adolfo homered and struck out four times.
- Yosmer Solorzano: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
- Brayant Nova went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and stolen base.
- Santo Vasquez was 0-for-5 with a strikeout.
- Harvin Mendoza went singled thrice, walked once and struck out once.
- Josue Guerrero was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
- Anderson Comas went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.
- Anthony Coronado was 2-for-4 with two doubles.
- Kleyder Sanchez, 1-for-3.
- Jenderson Caraballo: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K