A banner season on the baseball diamond in the New York Mets organization just got a lot more exciting for 2007 Catonsville High graduate Adam Kolarek.
Kolarek, who pitched in the Florida State League All-Star game representing St. Lucie earlier this summer, was promoted late on July 26 to the Double-A Binghamton Mets.
Kolarek, 23, the southpaw closer for St. Lucie, earned the promotion after notching 15 saves in 49 innings, while pitching to an earned run average of 1.65.
His 38 hits and 15 walks produced an impressive ratio (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) of 1.08.
Kolarek allowed only nine earned runs in leading St. Lucie to first place after the first half of the Class A Advanced Florida State League.
The 11th-round 2010 draft pick out of the University of Maryland made his debut in the Mets' organization with Kingston.
He also pitched in Brooklyn and Savannah before a promotion to St. Lucie late last season.
In 199 minor league innings, Kolarek has yielded only 111 hits, while striking out 166.
"He deserves it," said his dad, Frank Kolarek, who played in the Oakland Athletics organization in the late 1970's. "He did a great job and he's made the most of it. We couldn't be happier for him."
His dad is already planning trips to Binghamton away games at Reading, Pa. (Aug 3-5) and Harrisburg (Aug. 10-12).
In the all-star game last month, Kolarek retired the side in order in the seventh inning of his team's 4-3 victory.
"I was a little more amped up for it than usual and pretty excited," said Kolarek, who retired the final two batters of the inning on strikeouts. "As a relief pitcher, you never expect the accolades."
Asked about a possible promotion after that all-star appearance he replied, "As a player, you try not to think about it because it is very situational like if somebody gets hurt," he said. "I've worked hard all off-season and whether it's going to Double-A this year or next, I'm not focused on that."
Mainly, he has tried to follow the same daily routine that has led to his success.
He consistently throws his fastball from 90 to 93 mile per hour and keeps hitters off-stride with his slider. "That's been a huge pitch for me."
A huge pitch that has helped the 6-foot-3 Kolarek make gigantic strides in a short time in the Mets organization.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun