KC Close Up: Nate Adcock
Royals’ right-hander Nate Adcock (Twitter Handle: @NathanAdcock47)comes from a small-town Kentucky upbringing, where he grew to love baseball. Let’s learn a little more about Nate in this edition of “KC Close Up”.
Nate was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky (http://elizabethtownky.org/), the eleventh largest city in Kentucky with a population of about 28,500. He resides nearby in Vine Grove, which has a population of just over 4,000. The towns are adjacent to Fort Knox, a military base that is famous for its gold depository.
Nate was drafted out of high school by the Mariners in 2006. He was involved in a seven-player trade between the Mariners and Pirates in 2009. In his only full season with Pirates in 2010, he spent the entire year at Advanced-A Bradenton in the Florida State League. The rookie reliever was acquired by the Royals on December 9, 2010 as a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Pirates.
Adcock made his Major League Debut on Opening Day, 2011, pitching a scoreless eighth inning vs. the Angels.
Let’s learn a little more about Nate and some of his favorites besides America’s great national pastime!
Adcock: The Bachelor, I would love to be on The Bachelor. That would be pretty neat to go through that, just to be apart of it. It’s a big hit TV show or American Idol. I love to sing, especially when I’m by myself. When I’m in the car I’m jammin’ out.
ATH: Could you sing in front of millions of people though?
Adcock: No, I like to karaoke but that’s about it.
ATH: So if we turned on your iPod, what would your playlist have on it?
ATH: If you could take a trip anywhere in the world, where would it be and what would you want to do?
Adcock: Barbados, my mom was born there and she lived there for about two or three years. Just to see what it’s like and just experience it.
ATH: What is your favorite home cooked meal and who from your family makes it?
Adcock: Mom, but I can’t choose one… pot roast, of course. Her BBQ, it’s phenomenal and I’d say her breakfast, any kind of breakfast she makes. I couldn’t wait to go home for the All-Star break.
ATH: Besides Kansas City, what’s your favorite stadium you’ve played at so far?
Adcock: I’d say I like San Diego a whole lot. The weather is beautiful, I felt like I could sleep on the grass because it was just that nice. Everything about it was pretty, people were friendly, and good fans. It was nice to be out there. I haven’t been to Boston yet, I’m sure I’ll love Fenway.
ATH: What is your most common nickname you go by from your friends and family?
Adcock: Everybody back home calls me Tater. Just because when I was younger I was hitting bombs and everyone started calling me Tater.
Nate has quickly become a clubhouse favorite this season. We appreciate his participation and hope that you learned a little more about the Royals’ right-hander in this edition of “KC Close Up”!