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Nate Adcock wasn’t without a Major League Baseball club for very long.
One week after being designated for assignment by the Kansas City Royals, the former North Hardin star right-handed pitcher was claimed off waivers by Arizona Thursday afternoon. The Diamondbacks then optioned Adcock to Triple-A Reno.
In 31 relief appearances and five starts from 2011-12, Adcock posted a 3.79 ERA with 5.5 strikeouts per nine innings and 3.7 walks per nine innings.
However, Adcock has struggled at the Triple-A level the past two seasons with a 6.03 ERA and a lower 5.4 strikeouts per nine innings. At Triple-A Omaha this season, Adcock was 3-4 with a 7.09 ERA in 10 games. The 25-year-old has given up 10 home runs this year while allowing a career-high 12.4 hits per nine innings.
When the Royals designated Adcock for assignment, they had 10 days to make a corresponding move: Return him to the 40-man roster, trade him, release him or – the final option – place him on waivers.
Arizona becomes the fourth MLB program for the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Adcock, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fifth round in 2006 and was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. His best season came in 2010 with Bradenton, the Pirates’ high Class-A affiliate, when he went 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings.
Looking to add depth to a young bullpen, the Royals selected Adcock in the Rule 5 draft at the winter meetings in December 2010. Adcock made his major league debut in April 2011 after making the Royals’ opening day roster.
Just over a month later, Adcock made his first start against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 21, pitching five shutout innings in a 3-0 loss. But after making one more start, Adcock was moved to the bullpen and eventually was sent back to the minors.