- Full name Nathan Masler Adcock
- Born 02/25/1988 in Elizabethtown, KY
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 235 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School North Hardin
- Debut 03/31/2011
Drafted in the 5th round (141st overall) by the Seattle Mariners in 2006 (signed for $200,000).
View Draft ReportAdcock has been up to 90 mph with a better present breaking ball than fellow Kentucky prospect Clint Tilford. He lacks they mound presence Tilford has, and his mechanics sometimes get out of whack.
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Adcock joined the Pirates in a seven-player deal last July, as Pittsburgh sent Jack Wilson and Ian Snell to the Mariners and received Adcock, Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno and minor league righthanders Brett Lorin and Aaron Pribanic. The trade liberated Adcock from the hitter-friendly high Class A California League, but he didn't pitch any better after making a move to the Carolina League. The Pirates put Adcock on a strict pitch count after the trade because he occasionally had been bothered by elbow tenderness in 2008 and 2009. He can dial his fastball up to 94 mph, though it normally sits at 88-92. He has smooth mechanics and could throw harder if he adds strength. He also has a hard curveball and changeup that both need refinement. To find success against more advanced hitters, he'll have to throw more strikes and locate his pitches better in the zone. Adcock needs to make a lot of strides if he's going to cut it as a starter, and he may project better as a reliever. He likely will begin 2010 in Double-A.
Seattle focused on physical pitchers with its first five picks in the 2006 draft, selecting Brandon Morrow, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Ricky Orta in the first through fourth rounds. They took the big-bodied Adcock, a Kentucky prep product, in the fifth and bought him out of a Louisville commitment for $200,000. He reached high Class A for five starts at the end of his first full season, but headed back to low Class A to begin 2008. He pitched well in the first half before a sprained elbow ended his season after 15 games. The Mariners expect him to be ready for spring training. Adcock's hard, sharp downer curveball ranks as the system's finest breaking ball, but he has to hit his spots with his average 88-92 mph fastball because the pitch is straight. At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, he oozes projection and his delivery and arm action both are textbook, so he might gain velocity as he matures. Adcock will flash a quality changeup at times. Because his mound presence has come into question, some questions exist as to whether he'll reach his ceiling as a No. 4 starter.
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- Rated Best Curveball in the Seattle Mariners in 2009