2009 Thunder A-Z: Adam Olbrychowski

Before 2009: Picked in the 5th round of the 2007 draft by the Yankees, Olbrychowski was sent to Short Season-A Staten Island after signing.  Used strictly as a starter, he went 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 13 starts, walking 33 and strikking out 51 in 58.1 innings of work.

The following season, he spent the entire year with Low-A Charleston, where he made 22 appearances, including 19 starts.  7-8 with an ERA over five and one save, and it seemed it might be time to make the permanent change to the bullpen for the-then 21-year-old.

2009: Moved to the bullpen for the 2009 season, Olbrychowski spent all but one game of his 2009 campaign in High-A Tampa.  In 32 appearances, Olbrychowski had the first standout season of his pro career, going 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 62.2 innings of work.  However, his control was still somewhat of an issue, as he walked 43 batters, compared to 52 strikeouts.  He made his Double-A debut in the Thunder’s last game of the season in New Britain, allowing two hits in a scoreless inning of work.  He was subsequently returned back to Tampa for their postseason.

After 2009: 23 years old at the start of the 2010 season, Olbrychowski will do well for himself if he can start the season with Double-A Trenton.  He’s not really considered much of a prospect at this point of his career, which is somewhat surprising given he was taken in the first five rounds just three years ago, but he can go a long way towards establishing himself as someone to watch with a strong season at Waterfront Park.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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5 Responses to “2009 Thunder A-Z: Adam Olbrychowski”

  1. yanksince57 - LET"S ROLL Says:

    nothing much to see here i think. he’s easily interchangable with about a dozen rh currently at aa and a.

  2. CEC Says:

    Will Stephen Strasburg be with the Washington AA team when the reach Water Front Park this summer?

  3. mbn007 Says:

    I do not see much of a future for Adam. There are probably 15 guys ahead of him as a starter, and nearly that many as a relief option. Even a stellar 2010 season in AA may not get him ahead of too many other prospects.

  4. tdevils Says:

    No chance whatsoever of that, CEC…much as it pains me to say it.

  5. Bond007 Says:

    What the F— do you guys know. You want to pick a stock for me too since you have a crystal ball. Look out for Adam to be a MLB pitcher in the near future.

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