White County High graduate Spencer Adams is one big step closer to making his major league baseball dreams a reality with the Chicago White Sox.
After experiencing what he called the best three-game pitching stretch of his career with Double-A Birmingham, the second-round 2015 draft pick by the White Sox got the call-up last Sunday to join the Triple-A Charlotte Knights.
“This is a huge step for me,” said Adams. “I’ve been waiting on this for a while now.”
The right-handed Adams is slated to make his first start at the highest level of minor league baseball with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights against the Norfolk Tides on Saturday, June 16, in Norfolk, Virginia.
Adams got the good news of his promotion right after throwing six innings and allowing five hits and one earned run for the Double-A Birmingham Barons en route to earning a no-decision against the Tennessee Smokies on June 10 in Kodak, Tennessee.
As soon as the game ended, Adams said Barons manager Ryan Newman called him into his office for a chat. Walking into the meeting, Adams had a feeling it was going to be good news.
“My manager in Birmingham told me he’s been looking forward to that meeting,” said Adams.
Prior to his start last Sunday, Adams threw seven innings and yielded six hits and one run five days earlier in a no-decision against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Against the Chattanooga Lookouts on May 31, Adams picked up his third victory of the season when he threw eight innings and surrendered just a pair of hits.
Adams said a focus on his delivery and keeping the ball down in the strike zone have been pivotal in his success.
“These past three outings, I’ve really had good control,” said Adams.
In 2018 with Birmingham, Adams made 13 starts at the Double-A level and allowed 80 hits over 68 2/3 innings.
Now in Triple-A with Charlotte, Adams wants to fine-tune some of his mechanics in hopes of an eventual call-up to the White Sox.