Jonathan Scott Adkins
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 200 lb.
- School Oklahoma State University
- High School Wayne (WV) High School
- Debut August 14, 2003
- Final Game September 27, 2008
- Born August 30, 1977 in Huntington, WV USA
Jon Adkins pitched six seasons in the major leagues. In 2008, he had 30 saves in Triple A for the Louisville Bats.
He was born in West Virginia and went to high school there before attending Oklahoma State. He was a ninth-round draft pick in 1998 by the Oakland Athletics. He was in Triple A as early as 2000, and from 2000 to 2002 bounced between Single A, Double A, and Triple A. In 2002, he came to the Chicago White Sox in the Ray Durham deal, and by 2003 was up for 4 games, posting a 3.96 ERA in Triple A at Charlotte. In 2004, he pitched in 40 games with the White Sox with a 4.65 ERA, and some fans thought that he would get a spot on the 2005 roster, while pitcher Neal Cotts, who had pitched in 56 games with a 5.65 ERA, might be sent to the minors. But Cotts won the spot in the spring and had a 1.94 ERA, while Adkins spent most of the year in Charlotte as a starter with a 5.37 ERA and a 4-9 record. He became a free agent at season's end.
Adkins signed with the San Diego Padres in 2006 and was in the bigs most of the season, appearing in 55 games with a 3.98 ERA. He also appeared in 13 games with the Padres' Portland Beavers affiliate in the Pacific Coast League with an ERA of 1.38. Following the season, Adkins was traded to the New York Mets. He spent most of 2007 with the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs, appearing in one game in the bigs in late July. After the season, he became a free agent and signed with the Cincinnati Reds, making four appearances with the Reds late in 2008. In 2009, Adkins pitched in Korea for the Lotte Giants. He debuted on April 4 with a perfect inning against the Seoul Heroes. In 50 games, he was 3-5 with 26 saves and a 3.83 ERA, tying Yong-chan Lee for the league lead in saves. It would be his only season in Korea. In late 2010, he became a scout for the Boston Red Sox. He signed Travis Shaw.
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