Liberatore Named Tampa Bay Org All-Star

Adam pitching for the Generals in 2008

Adam pitching for the Generals in 2008

The website from minor league baseball (milb.com) has listed the best performances at each position for each organization this offseason, and a few former Valley Leaguers have been mentioned.

We are nearing the end of the list; in fact, today’s post is the second-to-last. Milb.com and writer John Parker have named former Waynesboro General (2007-08) Adam Liberatore as the relief pitcher of the year for the Tampa Bay Rays. Adam was a critical piece of the Waynesboro championship season in 2007.

He was also great in 2014. This is what Parker wrote about Adam:

The Rays farm system had a number of strong candidates for top reliever, but Liberatore’s statistics really leap out. The 27-year-old lefty went 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA, held International League hitters to a .187 average, and struck out 86 while walking just 15 over 65 innings.

The numbers are even more ridiculous following the Triple-A All-Star break: 3-0, 0.40 ERA, .113 average against in 18 appearances. Liberatore, a 21st-round pick out of Tennessee Tech in 2010, was just as effective against righties as lefties, though he was far more likely to induce ground balls from the latter. A key contributor to Durham’s success, Liberatore was dealt to the Dodgers in November.

Yes, indeed, Liberatore was traded to the Dodgers, and his new organization added him to their 40-man roster. I think Adam has a real shot at making the big league club in spring training!

At any rate, congratulations on the excellent year, Adam!

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