Adam Joseph Liberatore (pronounced LIB-er-a-tour)...attended Blackhawk High School in Beaver Falls, PA, where he lettered in baseball and soccer...pitched three seasons of college ball at Tennessee Technological University, but underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 after just three starts in his junior season...selected by Tampa Bay in the 21st round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
Appeared in four games with the Dodgers, allowing just one run over 3.1 innings (2.70 ERA) and held hitters to a .231 average...Began the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City and made 10 relief appearances, going 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) and struck out 10 batters against just one walk...also made a combined two starts with Rookie-level AZL Dodgers and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts against one walk...Made two different stints on the disabled list...placed on the 10-day DL with a left groin strain from May 9-25 for his first stint...placed on the 10-day DL with a left elbow strain on May 31 for his second stint, transferred to the 60-day on July 28 and missed the rest of the season.
Tossed scoreless relief in 50 of 58 games, posting a 2-2 record with a 3.38 ERA (16 ER/42.2 IP)...limited opposing hitters to a .219 batting average, including a .171 mark (14-for-82) against lefties...Did not allow a run in 28 games from May 20 to July 22 (22.1 IP), establishing a Dodger franchise record for most consecutive scoreless appearances (previous was 23 by John Candelaria in 1991)...Prior to the All-Star break, he went 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA (2 ER/29.1 IP) and limited batters to a .153 average in 38 games, but struggled at the end of the season going 1-2 with a 9.45 ERA (14 ER/13.1 IP) in his last 20 appearances... In five combined games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, he posted a 3.00 ERA and one save…struck out 10 against just two walks in 6.0 innings...Was placed on the 15-day DL August 3-19 with left elbow inflammation...underwent an arthroscopic left elbow debridement on Oct. 4.
Saw his first big league action, going 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 39 games in three stints with the Dodgers. ... In the Majors, limited opposing hitters to a .232 batting average with a 1.18 WHIP…struck out 29 batters in 29.2 innings (8.80 strikeout per nine innings). ... Tossed scoreless relief in 30 of 39 appearances with Los Angeles. ... Made his Major League debut on April 17 against Colorado and struck out one in a 1-2-3 inning. ... Picked up his first big league win on May 25 against the Braves with a scoreless inning of relief. ... Was dominant in his first nine big league outings through May 11, allowing only one of 29 batters faced to reach base (a single) and striking out 10 in 9.2 scoreless innings. ... Opened the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 0-1 with three saves and a 3.74 ERA in 19 relief appearances… limited opponents to a .237 batting average, including a .048 mark (1-for-21) against left-handers.
Posted a 6-1 record with a 1.66 ERA (12 ER/ 65.0 IP) and earned four saves (five opportunities) with Triple-A Durham, earning a selection as a MiLB.com organization All-Star...Limited opposing hitters to a .187 average and posted a 0.89 WHIP...Struck out 86 batters in 65.0 innings, while issuing only 15 walks...Allowed only 11 extra-base hits, including one home run...Held left-handed hitters to a .176 batting average (13-for-74) with 34 strikeouts...Acquired by Los Angeles on Nov. 20 with Joel Peralta in exchange for Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris
Spent 43 games with Triple-A Durham and made one appearance with Double-A Montgomery to open the year…went 5-3 with a 3.58 ERA (60.1-IP, 24-ER) for Durham and 12 games finished…struck out 69 and walked 25…did not allow a run in 4 postseason appearances with the Bulls.
Split the season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham and combined to go 4-5 with a 2.47 ERA (73-IP, 20-ER) in 49 relief apps...started the season with Montgomery and recorded a career-high 8 saves...was transferred to Durham and pitched a scoreless inning on April 14 before rejoining Montgomery two days later...recorded 4 or more outs in 22 of his 33 apps for the Biscuits...promoted to Durham on June 22 and finished the season with the Bulls...13 of his 15 apps in his second Triple-A stint were scoreless.
Spent the season with Class-A Charlotte and went 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA and 70 SO over a career-high 90.1 IP...recorded 4 or more outs in 31 of his 38 apps...in his first 6 apps of the season (April 8-27), allowed 11 runs (10 ER) over 14.1 IP (6.28 ERA)...after that, pitched to a 1.65 ERA (60-IP, 11-ER) with 50 SO over his next 23 outings...was 1-3 with a 5.63 ERA (16-IP, 10-ER) over his final 9
apps...went 2-0 with a 2.93 ERA (15.1-IP, 5-ER) and
15 SO in 10 apps with the Surprise Saguaros in the
Arizona Fall League.
Made his pro debut with Short-A Hudson Valley after being selected in the 21st round of the 2010 June Draft...allowed only 1 HR in 27.1 IP with 33 SO (10.87 SO/9 IP).