The Mets 11th round pick in the 2010 MLB draft is an intriguing one – Adam Kolarek was selected 332nd overall and is a left handed relief pitcher who has posted some pretty good numbers in the minors, and has pitched as high as AAA Las Vegas.
In four minor league seasons – Adam has pitched in a total of 144 games with a record of 15-8 and an ERA of 2.70 with 26 saves. In 227 innings, he struck out 245 – better than a batter an inning and has allowed 184 hits with 90 walks and a 1.21 WHIP.
Adam started out his professional career in 2010 with the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) of the Appalachian League before being promoted to the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League in July. On the season, he pitched in 22 games with a record of 2-1 and an ERA of 3.13 with 1 save, striking out 45 in 37 1/3 innings.
2011 saw Adam begin the season with the St. Lucie Mets (A+) of the Florida State League before being reassigned to the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League at the end of May where he remained for the rest of the season. He appeared in 26 games with a record of 7-1 and an ERA of 2.85 and 5 saves, striking out 58 in 60 innings.
2012 saw Adam continue his progress through the system, splitting time between the St. Lucie Mets and the Binghamton Mets (AA) of the Eastern League. In 50 appearances (44 with St. Lucie), Adam pitched to a record of 3-3 with an ERA of 2.70 and 19 saves. He struck out 78 in 63 1/3 innings with a WHIP of 1.32. His 18 saves and 44 games pitched with St. Lucie led the staff in both categories.
Adam began the 2013 season with AAA Las Vegas, but was reassigned to AA Binghamton after two appearances and an ERA of 11.25 in 4 innings. He pitched another 44 games at Binghamton with much greater success, with a record of 3-3 and a 1.71 ERA and 1 save. On the season, Adam appeared in 46 games out of the pen with a record of 3-3 and an ERA of 2.28 and 1 save. He pitched 67 innings, allowing 52 hits, walking 25 and striking out 64 with an WHIP of 1.15.
We’ll see how Adam progresses in 2014. As a lefty reliever who has struck out more than a batter an inning and a reported six-figure bonus the Mets invested in him, he will get his opportunity until he proves he doesn’t belong. Don’t be surprised to see him in the majors someday.