Adam Bass

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Adam Randle Bass

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 6", Weight 210 lb.

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Biographical information[edit]

Adam Bass played five years in the minor leagues before joining the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan.

Bass went 29-7 with two saves, a 3.57 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 282 innings for the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a strong NCAA Division II team. He set school records for wins, innings, starts and strikeouts. He also pitched for the 2002 Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League, with a 4.26 ERA and one save in four games. The Arizona Diamondbacks took him in the 10th round of the 2003 amateur draft.

He debuted with the Yakima Bears and dazzled, with a 0.80 ERA. In 33 2/3 innings over 27 appearances, he struck out 34 and saved three games. He allowed a .209 average and had no decisions. Baseball America did not rank him among the top twenty prospects in the Northwest League.

Bass jumped to high class A for 2004, in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball. He went 10-8 with a 5.03 ERA and .304 opponent batting average for the Lancaster JetHawks.

In 2005, Bass fell to 5-10 while his ERA improved to 3.99 in his AA debut for the Tennessee Smokies. He split 2006 between Tennessee (2-3, 4.50 in 9 games) and the AAA Tucson Sidewinders (9-4, 4.76 for the Pacific Coast League titlists).

Bass began 2007 with Tucson and went 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 19 games, mostly in relief. The Rakuten Golden Eagles became interested and signed him for 30 million yen (around $250,000) and a 20 million yen signing bonus (around $160,000). Bass debuted for Rakuten on July 18 and struck out 6 and allowed 6, giving up two runs in 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision. He was 0-2 with a 7.63 ERA in 5 games for Rakuten, allowing 30 hits in 15 1/3 IP. Returning to the US in 2008, his struggles continued for the Portland Beavers (2-2, Sv, 8.06 ERA) to end his career.