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Adams, Brosher sign with MLB teams


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Over the weekend, Hernando High graduate and San Francisco Giants first-round pick Christian Arroyo began his professional career with the Arizona League Giants.

Meanwhile, Hernando County's other two selections in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft last month have inked deals with their respective teams.

On Saturday, former Nature Coast and University of Tampa left-handed pitcher Mike Adams signed with the Boston Red Sox.

He is currently up in Lowell, Mass., where he'll play for the Lowell Spinners, Boston's Short-Season A affiliate.

"It's awesome," Adams said. "I've been up here and I couldn't do anything with the team. The anticipation was building sitting here for a week and a half not doing anything. Now that I can play with the team, it's very exciting."

Adams said he has been put on a throwing program that should have him making his debut in two weeks.

Taken in the seventh round (203rd overall), the 22-year-old, 6-foot-3, 215-pound southpaw helped UT win the NCAA Division II national championship prior to the draft.

Having only thrown a combined 16 innings the previous two seasons, Adams went 8-0 with six saves and a 2.10 earned run average this year for the Spartans.

Though he had another year of eligibility due to an injury redshirt as a freshman, Adams indicated both prior and after the draft that he was leaning heavily toward going pro.

Conversely, when recent Springstead grad Brandon Brosher was taken in the 36th round (1,076 overall) by the New York Mets, Eagle head coach Jim Diven felt he had been passed over in earlier rounds because teams believed he would honor his commitment to Division I Oral Roberts University.

However, Diven confirmed that his former first baseman/pitcher had signed with the Mets on Tuesday. He reportedly received $167,500.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander hit .451 with four doubles, two triples, four home runs, 27 runs scored and 29 runs batted in as a senior.

On the mound, he went 5-3 with a 2.42 ERA, striking out 81 batters in 55 innings.

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