In his first season in Philadelphia, Mike Adams saw a velocity drop from 91.3 MPH on his fastball in 2012 (when he split the season between with the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers), to 89.8 MPH, per Fangraphs. Today, Adams was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and is expected to be activated Monday, according to Todd Zolecki. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like his velocity is back after shoulder surgery ended his season short last June.
“It’s around where I was last year, I guess,” Adams told a group of reporters. “Maybe a little better. Hopefully coming up here and getting into a big league ball game I can trigger a few extra notches, but we’ll see what happens.
In the video above, Adams discussed how well he believes that he progressed through his rehab program, and the hope that with better pitch location in 2014, he will be more effective. Lord knows the Phillies bullpen could use his arm.