Sounds of the Game: Adam Heether
[Last updated 6.30.09]
27 year old California native Adam Heether has been playing professional baseball since 2003. Heether played 124 games for Nashville last year and hit a solid .272.
Adam started with Double-A Huntsville this season but after nine games – and a .325 batting average – was called up to the Sounds. All he has done in the 48 games since is hit .333 and is currently enjoying his career-high and team-leading OBP of .439.
The six foot 170 pound right-handed batter hails from Castro Valley, CA, where he grew up watching his favorite team, the Oakland A’s. Heether was born January 14, 1982.
Analysis by AttheOldBallGame
He has played all of his minor league professional career with the Milwaukee Brewers. In seven seasons his career batting average is .269 but this year is different, as in .064 points different. Through June 29th Heether is batting .333 as the regular starting 3B for the Sounds. That is good enough to lead all Nashville batters. If Adam had enough ABs per game he’d qualify to be in the top ten of all PCL hitters this season.
Heether came up to Nashville on May 15th, the day after Mat Gamel, the Sound’s regular starting 3B, was called up by Milwaukee. Gamel was hot as a fire-cracker when he was called up. This 4th of July at Greer will find fans forgetting about Gamel and watching the fireworks from the likes of Heether who slammed a 3-run homer [WATCH] last night against the Red Hawks.
Adam is playing with a quiet resolve that is unmistakable. His confidence at the plate allows him to make consistent contact with the ball and he has a compact swing.
I was talking with Heether before last night’s game and our conversation revealed his state of mind.
“Hey Adam. Here’s hoping you’re hitting .326 at the end of the season (which is what he was hitting going into last night’s game).”
“Heck, I plan on finishing a lot better than that. I become a free-agent after 2009.”
Within the next couple of hours Adam would go 2-for-3, score two runs, and hit a 3-run homer.
The Milwaukee Brewers are going to be in an interesting position by seasons-end. With Gamel recently being called up as the current back-up at 3B, there is no place for Heether to go right now. The better his performance this year the higher dollar he can command by another team in 2010 who picks up his contract through free-agency.
Look for the Brewers to trade Heether later this season when his value is in highest demand. Not bad for a young kid who was not even formally listed at the beginning of the 2009 season as a top prospect for the Brewers.
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