Newest Ranger, Jim Adduci

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September 1st is the day baseball rosters expand and some minor leaguers become big leaguers. For the Texas Rangers, this meant activating Lance Berkman, Michael Kirkman, Neftali Feliz, and Nick Tepesch from the disabled list. Cory Burns and Robinson Chirinos rejoined the team after spending time with the big league club earlier in the season. One player got the call who had never gotten one before. That player is Jim Charles Adduci.
Jim Adduci was born in British Columbia, Canada where he lived for two months before moving to Chicago with his family. His dad, who is also Jim Adduci, played professional baseball from 1983-1989. The senior Adduci only played in 70 Major League games and retired when his son was five. You can read more about his life in Chicago here, in one of a series of “Get To Know Your Express” articles.

Adduci was drafted by the Florida Marlins at age 19 in 2003 from Evergreen Park High School in Evergreen Park, Illinois, a suburb near the south side of Chicago. He played in the Marlins organization for three years, never making it above A-ball, before being traded in late 2006 to the Cubs in a minor league trade for LHP Zack McCormick. From 2007-2012, he played as an outfielder in the Cubs minor league organization. He made it as high as AAA Iowa where he had 170 plate appearances in the back half of 2012 with an .813 OPS.

In November of 2012, the Texas Rangers inked Jim Adduci to a minor league contract after the Cubs let him walk. He was invited to Spring Training, but didn’t make the club. His assignment was to AAA Round Rock where he hit .298/.381/.463. He then earned the attention of the big league club by having a spectacular August, where he hit .383/.465/.523 with 2 homeruns and 9 stolen bases.

At age 28, Jim Adduci made his Major League debut in left field for the Texas Rangers on September 1st versus the Minnesota Twins. He played in 889 minor league games before finally getting the call to the show. In Adduci’s first at-bat in the bottom of the second inning, Kevin Correia threw him just one pitch. Adduci made contact for his first Major League hit that just past the shortstop and found left field. He finished the night 1-for-2, with a walk. Not bad for a debut. With left field being a hole in the Rangers lineup, Adduci could see quite a bit of playing time to give David Murphy some time off. He certainly deserves a shot at it.

Whatever the story, a call up to the big leagues for a minor leaguer is always exciting. Jim Adduci waited 10 years for this one. A career full of doubts and “maybe next years” turned into a “finally this year.” Welcome to the show, Jim. Keep up the good work, and you’ll fit right in.

Emily Cates is a Staff Writer for Shutdown Inning. You can reach her at Emily.Cates@ShutDownInning.com or  on Twitter at @EmLikesBaseball.
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