Adam Liberatore‘s Next Stop: Major Leagues?
Adam Liberatore was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays out of Tennessee Technical Institute in the 21st round (641st overall) of the 2010 draft.
Despite undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in 2009 and his low draft position he is in line to be promoted to the Rays either this September or at some point after being added to the 40-man roster this upcoming winter.
In 2014 the 27 year old left hander has has appeared in 44 games with the Rays Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls where he has worked 52.1 innings and has as a record of 4-1 with an ERA of 1.89. Most impressive has been his ability to strike hitters out (71) while limiting the walks (13).
A starter while in college the Rays immediately converted him to a reliever and he finished the 2010 season with the short season Hudson Valley Renegades and spent the 2011 season with the Rays High-A affiliate Charlotte Stone Crabs.
In 2012 he split time between the Rays Double-A affiliate Montgomery Biscuits and the Durham Bulls where he had success but saw a dramatic dip in his strikeout rate striking out 48 batters in 73 innings.
The strikeout ability resurfaced as he spent all but one appearance with the Bulls posting a 5-3 record with a 3.47 ERA while striking out 72 batters in just 62.1 innings of work while walking 25.
Thanks to his strong 2014 season he should be looking forward to either a September call up or at the least a spot on the Rays 40-man roster which should result in a major league call up at some point.
Photo Courtesy Durham Bulls (Milb.com)