Adcock Makes Royals’ Opening Day RosterThe Kansas City Royals announced today that pitcher Nathan Adcock will be on the team’s opening day roster, meaning he will stay with the organization for now. Adcock was left off the Pirates 40-man roster in December, making him eligible for this year’s Rule 5 draft. The Royals selected him with the fifth overall pick, and decided to keep him around after he produced decent results this spring. Adcock allowed five runs in 13 spring innings, with four strikeouts and four walks. He had a solid 2010 season at High-A Bradenton, posting a 3.38 ERA in 141.1 innings with the Marauders.
Adcock was a long shot to make the Royals 25-man roster, as the jump from High-A to the big leagues is substantial. In addition, he does not have the kind of upside that might encourage teams to hide him on a major league roster all year. He still has to make it through the season without being demoted, but the Royals are in an ideal situation to hang on to him. The team has little chance to compete at the major league level this year, and they are particularly thin on pitching. Even if Adcock struggles, he still could be one of the Royals’ better options as a middle reliever. If I were to make a prediction, I would say we still see Adcock back in the Pirates’ system at some point this year. But I am not nearly as sure about this as I was when pitchers and catchers first reported.