The Angels today acquired RHP Austin Adams from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Additionally, RHP Deolis Guerra has been designated for assignment. Today's announcements were made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.
Adams, 30, split the 2016 season between Triple-A Columbus and Cleveland while making 19 relief appearances for Tribe. He spent most of campaign in Columbus, posting a mark of 2-4 with eight saves and a 4.54 ERA in 34 relief appearances (37.2 IP, 44 H, 19 ER, 9 BB, 41 SO). In 19 relief outings with the Indians, he allowed runs in 10 of his 19 relief appearances striking out 17 batters in 18.1 innings pitched.
A native of Millbrook, AL, Adams has appeared in each of last three seasons with the Indians after debuting on July 12, 2014. In seven career minor league seasons, he has logged a 32-26 mark in 203 games (74 GS) with 23 saves, 458 strikeouts and a 3.81 ERA (443.2 IP - 188 ER).
Originally selected by Milwaukee in the 27th round of 2008 amateur draft (did not sign) and by Cleveland in the fifth round in 2009. In 2015, he was listed by Baseball America as having the Best Fastball in the Indians organization and the 10th best prospect in system entering 2014.
Adams played four years at Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL where he played shortstop and pitched. He is a graduate of Stanhope Elmore High School in Millbrook, AL in 2005 (same high school that produced former A's OF Terrence Long).