After selecting Carlos Rodon with the third overall selection in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft, the Chicago White Sox selected another pitcher with the 44th overall pick: right-hander Spencer Adams out of White County High School in Georgia.
Adams is someone people have described as uber-athletic, as he’s a three-sport athlete with some nasty dunks that you can check out on YouTube. On the mound, however, he’s a guy with some big potential that scouts believe can be reached with his attention shifting to solely baseball.
Armed with a plus fastball that sits in the low 90s but has reached 95 at times, Adams also has a wipeout sliderto give him two pitches with legitimate plus-potential. In addition, Adams also features a curveball and changeup, which scouts believe could turn into MLB-quality offerings with more coaching. MLB.com had Adams 27th on their Top 200 draft prospects list, leading us to believe that Adams may be a bit of a steal at 44.
Already committed to Georgia, the next step for Rick Hahn will be making sure he signs the 18-year old. Assuming that happens, Adams is likely to take much longer to reach the big leagues than Rodon. Much like Tyler Danish, who was last year’s second round choice of the Sox, it’s a good bet that Adams spends this year in rookie ball (probably Great Falls) with a chance of bumping up to A-ball in Kannapolis in late August or early September. It will probably be at least 2017 before the Sox even consider promoting Adams to the big show, but he has the potential to stick for a long time.
We all figured the White Sox would focus on arms in this draft, and with Rodon and Adams, the Sox have acquired two different kinds of pitchers. One is a left-hander who could help relatively quickly, while the other is a right-hander who is a bit more of a project. Regardless, Rick Hahn accomplished his mission on the first day of this draft.