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2023 Diamondbacks Reviews: #39 Austin Adams

Adams start shone bright to start, but he fell apart in July and a broken ankle in August ended his time in the desert.

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Overview

  • Rating: 3.67
  • 2023 stats: 24 G, 17.1 IP, 5.71 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 1.385 WHIP, 2.75 SO/BB, 78 ERA+
  • Date of birth: May 5th, 1991 (32 years old)

2023 earnings: $518,714 (via Spotrac)

  • 2024 status: Outrighted to Reno and elected Free Agency

Introduction & 2023 review

Austin Adams’ major-league career is filled with injuries, causing a once solid option to need to sign minor-league deals in order to stay in the game. He’s dealt with almost everything - a flexor tendon surgery, ACL surgery, and multiple forearm and elbow strains throughout his six-year career. It’s part of the reason why the D-backs were able to sign him in the first place.

Coming off that flexor tendon surgery, Austin signed a minor-league deal with the D-backs in January and was sent to Reno after Spring Training, where he pitched well with the Aces - a 2.98 ERA. After an injury to the bullpen, Adams got his name called in May and never looked back to Reno.

He came on in his first appearance May 20th and got a 2/3IP hold against the Pirates, and continued his excellent performance through June, pitching late in games and holding leads as the D-backs played early-season winning baseball as he allowed runs in only two appearances with 6 holds in 10.2IP.

Unfortunately, July was not as kind to Austin as his early season performance, as he gave up 4 runs in his 9 appearances culminating in a 9.45 ERA for the month. The bad news kept on coming, as Austin came on in an August game, allowing a hit up the middle that clanked off his ankle, ultimately fracturing his ankle and ending Adams’ season.

2024 outlook

Austin Adams was outrighted to Triple-A Reno in early November and as he is out of MiLB options, elected free agency as he recovers from the fractured ankle. Despite the poor ERA, his overall peripherals were very good, including an excellent strikeout rate at 11.42 K/9 and a workable BB/9 rate of 4.15. The door probably isn’t closed on a return but he certainly will be on the lookout for guaranteed money and an MLB bullpen position somewhere before returning to the desert.