T.J. Adams put pen to paper and made it official on Tuesday.
The Central Cambria High School graduate and Indiana University of Pennsylvania product is part of the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Philadelphia selected Adams, a left-handed pitcher, in the 27th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 5. Adams signed a contract in Clearwater, Florida, the spring training facility of the Phillies and home of the Class A Threshers.
“Definitely, being down here for almost a week now, going through physicals, blood work, EKGs – all the stuff you need to go through before you even sign – is pretty overwhelming,” Adams said during a telephone interview.
“I got all my paperwork back and was cleared. I finally got to sit down and sign. It felt awesome. We got on the field today and got some work. It definitely was worth the wait.”
Adams earned a spot in local sports history by throwing the final strike in Martella’s Pharmacy’s 3-2 victory over the New Orleans Boosters in the 74th AAABA Tournament. The win gave Johnstown its first ever AAABA Tournament title and earned Adams a Point Stadium Play of the Year Award.
In nine appearances with the Crimson Hawks this spring, Adams went 3-2 against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference competition. He made seven starts and struck out 38 batters in 27 1/3 innings during his junior season.
Adams said approximately 10 teams contacted him prior to the draft. The 5-foot-11 fireballer was picked on the third day of the event.
“Hopefully by the end of this week they’ll have us out and about,” Adams said of his potential assignment. “Wednesday we’re doing some mound work. They’re starting to ramp us up for the upcoming season. I’m excited about it.”
Ferndale High School graduate and Mount St. Mary’s University left-hander Trey McGough was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th round. McGough hadn’t signed as of Tuesday night, but confirmed that he plans to finalize a contract as early as Wednesday.
“I’m with family headed to PNC Park (Tuesday) and will sign my contract (Wednesday),” McGough said.
McGough also is a AAABA Tournament product who played for Martella’s Pharmacy. As a junior at Mount St. Mary’s he earned all-Northeast Conference status for a second straight season and went 3-4 with a 4.74 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings.
“It’s an absolute dream come true. It really hasn’t hit me yet, being drafted and getting a call from the Pirates,” McGough said.
“I really haven’t done anything yet. I feel like after I sign my contract tomorrow I’ll be really excited and feel the true emotions of what a professional baseball player would feel.
“As of right now all I know is I’m going to there to get my physical. If I pass my physical I’ll sign,” he said. “They’re flying me down to Bradenton, Florida, for as many as two weeks.
“After that, I don’t know. Most likely rookie ball.”