Baltimore Orioles: Three Recently Non-Tendered Pitching Targets
By Nick Stevens
Jason Adam’s fastball is an intriguing option for the Baltimore Orioles.
Standing at 6’4″ and 225 pounds, RHP Jason Adam was non-tendered by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday and is coming off a successful 23 game stint in his second go-around in the major leagues after struggling in his rookie debut with the Kansas City Royals in 2018.
Adam went 3-0 with a 2.91 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with the Jays last season, striking out 18 and giving up just one home run in 21 innings of work.
He isn’t a groundball pitcher (a 28% mark in his MLB career), but he gets opponents out with his high-spin four-seam fastball (averages 94 mph with 2,580 RPM). Ranking in the 98th percentile in average spin rate, Adam’s fastball generated a .164 average, 30% whiff rate, and a .240 wOBA.
There’s big separation in his fastball and curveball velocities, with his curveball dropping in at 77 mph. Opponents hit .308 against the pitch last season, but it had an expected average against of .159, according to Baseball Savant.
Over his final seven innings of work last season, Adam gave up no runs on three hits while striking out seven and walking three. All seven outings were against American League East opponents.
He also brings with him two minor league options left.