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Nick Adenhart

Last season, I took it upon myself to become the unofficial toastmaster of Bus Leagues, preparing a “Now Pitching For” or “Now Batting For” post whenever a hot young prospect was called up to The Show.  I quickly came to enjoy this aspect of the blog, the act of briefly getting to know a young guy as he passed by on his way to the coolest job on Earth.  I’m a Red Sox fan by birth, but every player I talked about in those posts became one of “my guys”.

Nick Adenhart was one of “my guys”.

I didn’t go out of my way to follow his career beyond his debut, but every time I saw his name after last May (when he was called up to replace Dustin Moseley on the major league roster), there was a little glimmer of recognition and a feeling that I cared at least a little more about Adenhart’s successes and failures than those of most other players.

And so, I was a little sadder this morning than I might otherwise have been when I heard that Adenhart had been killed in a traffic accident in Fullerton.  Hours before, he pitched six shutout innings for the Angels, earning a no-decision when the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.  Now, he is the latest name on a sad list that includes Cory Lidle, Darryl Kile, Lyman Bostock, Thurman Munson, and many others who lost their lives too soon.

There will be a “Now Pitching For” post later, welcoming Rick Porcello to the majors.  Somehow, that’s fitting.

Update: Dave Lozo is still trying to wrap his mind around the “Butterfly Effect” aspect of Adenhart’s death.  A must-read.

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Now Pitching, For The Los Angeles Angels…

The Los Angeles Angels recalled their top prospect, 21-year-old righthander Nick Adenhart, from AAA Salt Lake last night.  Once one of top high school pitching prospects in the nation and now Baseball America’s 24th-rated prospect overall, Adenhart was off to a very good start for the Bees, posting a 4-0 record and 0.87 ERA in five starts.  He takes the place of Dustin Moseley in the rotation and is expected to make his major league debut tonight against Justin Duscherer and the Oakland Athletics.  

Adenhart’s call-up isn’t surprising given his prospect status – one reason the Red Sox brought Justin Masterson up from AA Portland last week was so they could take a look at him in a major league context – and the fact that the Angels’ rotation is already hurting (John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar are both injured) but the timing is odd.  Adenhart last pitched for Salt Lake on Sunday, throwing 98 pitches in eight innings.  WIth his debut tonight, he will be pitching on just three days rest, a curious decision for a guy who already has one elbow reconstruction under his belt.

(A tip o’ the cap to Vegas Watch for noting both Adenhart’s upcoming debut and the strange circumstances surrounding it.)

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