In 1995 graduated from Wayne (WV) High School, where he posted a 42-5 career record and
helped his team win 3 state championships...as a senior was West Virginia Player of the Year...played baseball
at Oklahoma State University, where he went 24-8 during his 3 seasons...as a sophomore was second team
All-Big 12...as a freshman at OSU started Game 1 of the 1996 College World Series and threw 8.1 innings in
a no-decision against top-ranked Alabama...his first cousin, Tim Adkins, pitched in the Devil Rays, Tigers and
Yankees organizations and currently is a regional scout with the Cubs in the Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia
and Pennsylvania area...Tim Adkins also served as the pitching coach at Marshall University.
Following the 2008 season was resigned
by the Reds to a minor league contract but
was released before 2009 spring training...signed with
the Lotte Giants in Busan, South Korea and spent the
season there, where he went 3-5, 3.70 and led the
Korean Baseball Organization with 26 saves...was
managed by former Major Leaguer Jerry Royster...
on 11/24/09 was re-signed by the Reds to a minor league contract...on 1/26/10 was invited to Major League
spring training camp.
Was Class AAA Louisville's Co-Most Valuable Player along with 1B Kevin Barker...led all Reds farmhands
and the International League with 30 saves, 1 shy of the franchise record (31sv, Mike Perez, 1990)...converted
30-33 save opps...ranked second in the IL with a team-high 57 apps...made his Reds debut on 9/9 at Mil,
recorded the final out of the 10th inning and earned the 11-inning, 5-4 victory.
Had his contract selected from New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League on July 27th...Appeared in one game with the
Mets...Was designated for assignment on July 29th...Cleared waivers and was outrighted to New Orleans on August 1st...Pitched a scoreless inning of relief on July 27th vs. Washington...Constructed a 16.0 scoreless innings streak spanning 12 outings from June 3rd-July 4th with New Orleans...Finished third on the Zephyrs with five saves and third in appearances.
Began the year with Portland (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League...His contract was purchased by San Diego for the first time on April 18th...Optioned to Triple-A on August 21 and recalled again for the remainder of the season on August 24...Made his Padres debut April 18 at Colorado...Appeared in 13 games in July and posted a 2-0 record with a 1.32 ERA (two earned runs/13.2 innings)...In those contests, he walked four and held opposing batters to a .156 (7-45) average...Worked 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings from May 16-June 13...Also, did not allow a run over 9.2 innings from June
27-July 19 and in 8.2 innings from Aug. 20-Sept. 14...Tossed a season-high 2.0 innings on seven occasions...Did not allow a run in the final six of those 2.0-inning outings.
After working the entire 2004 season as a reliever with the White Sox, the right-hander pitched primarily as a starter for Triple-A Charlotte in 2005. Adkins started in 21 of his 23 games for the Knights, posting a 4-9 record with a 5.37 earned run average over 127 1/3 innings. He struck out 92, walked 43 and allowed 148 hits. Adkins made a brief appearance with the White Sox, posting an 8.64 ERA over five games in relief. He allowed five of his eight runs while pitching in the 16th inning of a 9-4 loss to Minnesota on August 16 at home, as part of a three-game Twins sweep. Originally selected by the A's, Adkins was not added to the roster during Sept. callups.
Went 2-3 with a 4.65 ERA in 50 relief appearances in his first full season with the White Sox ... was used
exclusively as a reliever for first time in his professional career ... ranked among the American League rookie relief
leaders in games finished (5th, 19), appearances (8th), IP (8th, 62.0), ERA (8th, 4.65) and strikeouts (T10th, 44) ...
finished third among Sox relievers with five holds, all of which came in September ... recorded a 2.11 ERA (9 ER/
38.1 IP) in 20 games when he went more than 1.0 IP ... limited first batters faced to a .217 (10-46) average ...
stranded 10 of 17 inherited runners (58.9 percent) ... surrendered 13 home runs (11 solo), tied for second-most
among AL relievers, and allowed an average of 10.89 hits per 9.0 IP, the fourth-highest mark among AL relievers
... went 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA (14 ER/37.2 IP) at home and 0-2 with a 6.66 ERA (18 ER/24.1 IP) on the road ...
posted a 2.33 ERA during the day compared to a 5.70 ERA at night ... ERA was 3.33 (10 ER/27.0 IP) in the first
half and 5.66 (22 ER/35.0 IP) after the break ... opponents batted .305 (75-246) ... lefties hit .327 (35-107) and
right-handers .288 (40-139) ... ERA dropped from 4.05 in April, to 2.25 in May and 1.69 in June ... combined with
Mark Buehrle on shutouts on 5/11 vs. Baltimore (2.0 IP), 5/16 vs. Minnesota (2.1 IP) and 5/27 vs. Texas (1.0 IP) ...
was not scored upon in seven of first nine games ... recorded his first major-league victory on 4/14 vs. Kansas City
(0.1 IP) ... compiled a 1.84 ERA (3 ER/14.2 IP) in 11 games between 5/11-6/24 ... allowed a game-ending solo
home run to Mark Kotsay in the 10th inning on 6/2 at Oakland ... threw a season-high 3.2 scoreless IP on 8/4 at
Kansas City ... registered first career hold on 9/3 vs. Seattle (1.0 IP) ... yielded nine runs over three appearances
from 9/14-17 (1.0 IP) ... issued just three walks over final 23 outings (22.0 IP).
Spent first full season in the White Sox organization, making 26 appearances (19 starts) with Class AAA Charlotte and four (all in relief) with the White Sox ... was recalled from Charlotte on 8/13 and made his major-league debut on 8/14 at Anaheim ... faced three batters without recording an out but did not allow a run ... gave up four runs on three hits in next outing on 8/15 at Texas ... was optioned to Charlotte on 8/21, making four relief appearances, before being recalled a second time on 9/2 ... made two appearances after recall, allowing just one run on four hits over 7.0 IP ... went 4.0 scoreless IP in last outing on 9/25 at Kansas City, giving up one hit ... was 7-7 with a 4.21 ERA (50 ER/107.0 IP) in 19 starts at Charlotte and 0-1 with one save and a 2.30 ERA (4 ER/15.2 IP) in nine relief appearances ... opponents hit .262 (108-413) as starter but .200 (11-55) as reliever ... 19 of first 22 games were as a starter, while last four were as a reliever ... made eight quality starts ... threw 25.2 consecutive scoreless IP over five outings from 5/16-6/19, allowing 15 hits, and gave up just one earned run in 37.2 IP from 5/16-6/29 ... compiled a 0.38 ERA (1 ER/24.0 IP) in five June starts ... went 6.2 scoreless IP on 5/16 at Columbus and 7.0 scoreless IP (three hits) in next start on 5/23-2 vs. Toledo ... struck out career-high 10 on 8/3 vs. Louisville ... threw 8.0 scoreless IP in final start on 8/8 at Indianapolis.
Minor League Highlights:
2002: Combined to go 11-9 with a 5.40 ERA (90 ER/150.0 IP) in 29 games (28 starts) between Class AAA Sacramento and Class A
Modesto in the Oakland Athletics organization and Class AAA Charlotte in the White Sox organization...was traded by the A's to the White
Sox in return for Ray Durham and cash on 7/25...allowed 11.8 hits (197 H) per 9.0 IP...compiled a 2.4:1 strikeout-walk-ratio (111 SO/46
BB)...went 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA (6 ER/28.2 IP) in May...six of his seven starts at Charlotte were quality outings...was 3-0 with a 1.96
ERA (5 ER/23.0 IP) at home...tossed 9.0 scoreless IP over three consecutive starts...made nine appearances (eight starts) for Peoria in
the Arizona Fall League, going 2-3 with a 5.50 ERA (22 ER/36.0 IP).
2001: Spent majority of season at Class AA Midland in the Oakland organization...finished fourth in shutouts (one) in the Texas
League...made nine quality starts...posted a 2.16 ERA in five April starts...threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout on 4/28 at
Shreveport...ERA was at 3.38 folllowing a win on 7/8 at Round Rock but allowed 30 earned runs in 36.0 IP (7.50 ERA) over final seven
outings...also made three late-season appearances at Class AAA Sacramento.
2000: Made stops at Rookie Phoenix, Class A Modesto and Sacramento...began the season on Modesto disabled list...made three
rehab appearances at Phoenix and one at Sacramento before going 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA in nine games (seven starts) at Modesto...held
opponents to a .225 average (41-182)...ERA was 1.85 or lower in all three months at Modesto...allowed two earned runs or less in all
nine games...ranked fourth in the California League in complete games (one).
1999: Made his pro debut at Modesto...averaged 8.2 strikeouts (93 SO/102.0 IP) and 2.6 walks (30 BB) per 9.0 IP...was 6-2 with a
3.15 ERA (21 ER/60.0 IP) in first 14 games (through 6/5) and 3-3 with a 7.07 ERA (33/42.0 IP) over final 12...twice fanned a season-high
1998: Did not play due to injury...was selected in the ninth round of the June First-Year Player Draft...was signed by Tim Holt
Acquired by the White Sox organization in exchange for infielder Ray Durham and cash considerations on July 25th...After the trade, he appeared in eight games (seven starts) for Charlotte (AAA) of the International League.
His one shutout ranked him fourth in the Texas League.
In his professional debut for Modesto (A) of the California League,averaged 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings (93 strikeouts/102.0 innings).