Suns Pitcher and Red Bank Graduate Hunter Adkins Excited to Face Lookouts in Chattanooga
Chattanooga-(WDEF) Red Bank graduate Hunter Adkins did not get the homecoming he was looking for Tuesday night at AT&T Field.
The Jacksonville Suns pitcher gave up three runs against the Chattanooga Lookouts in the 8th inning.
While Adkins was disappointed in his performance, life is still great in the Miami Marlins organization.
Being a professional baseball player is the only career Hunter Adkins really ever pursued.
Said Adkins-“It’s the only thing I have ever known. It’s the only thing I have ever wanted to do and that’s play baseball. My dad played baseball. He played baseball in college actually at UTC.”
And Adkins is enjoying the opportunity to play in his hometown.
Said Adkins-“To get to come home and sleep in my own bed. Get a good cooked breakfast by my mom in the morning is really priceless.
Actually we just had. My uncle just had ten of us (players) up at his house for lunch today. My family really wanted to meet the guys. It was a fun time.”
Adkins is now a reliever in his first full season in the Marlins organization.
Said Adkins-“I’ve been a starter my whole life before now. I’m having fun with the bullpen life. It’s a little different, but I’m having fun being able to sit behind the wall and hang out with the guys.”
Adkins also got a small taste of the big league’s during spring training.
Said Adkins-“They had an exhibition game against the Yankees in the Marlins park down in Miami. I got to go down there. Watched BP with the Yankees. I didn’t get to pitch that day, but just that experience being in that dome was crazy.”
This season, Adkins is currently 0-1 with an ERA over six with 14 K’s. Numbers Adkins knows he needs to improve on.
Said Adkins-“For me I need to be consistent throwing strikes. Take down my walks. Just do what I can do every single time to be my very best, and to show that I have what it takes.”