It’s been 20 years since the 2000 MLB draft. For right-handed pitcher Adam Wainwright, he’s still proving to be a dominant pitcher in the league at the age of 38. He has had a lot of success in his career, from winning a World Series to winning multiple awards.
As he finished his 14th season last year, he still is showing signs of life with his command of pitches.
Adam Wainwright’s early years in the MLB
The Atlanta Braves selected Wainwright out of high school in the first round of the 2000 MLB draft. He decided to forego college and become a professional baseball player. Wainwright had a lot of success in the Braves farm system, and in 2003 Baseball America had him as the Braves top prospect. In December of that year, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired Wainwright in a trade.
He made his MLB debut for the Cardinals on September 11, 2005. Wainwright made two appearances that season. The next season he made the opening-day roster as a reliever even though he was a starter during his minor league career. During the 2006 season, he appeared in 61 games coming out of the bullpen and finished with a 2-1 record with three saves. Wainwright was a part of the Cardinals team that won the 2006 World Series.
He was already a World Series Champion in his second season. Going into his third year, he became a starter for the Cardinals. In his first season as a starter, he made 32 appearances and finished with a 14-12 record with a 3.70 ERA. Wainwright has had a lot of success in the starting role for the Cardinals. He’s been named to three all-star teams and has won two Gold Gloves as a pitcher. The right-handed pitcher also won a Silver Slugger award, so he knows how to swing the bat too.
Adam Wainwright spending his whole career in St. Louis
Wainwright continued to have success with the Cardinals throughout his career. During the 2013 season, he led the National League in wins with 19, and the following season he won 20 games. He’s dealt with some injuries during his career, which caused him not to make as many appearances during a few seasons.
Throughout his career, he has had one losing season. Last season he had a pretty good one. He finished with a 14-10 record with a 4.19 ERA. The Cardinals made a smart decision to acquire Wainwright while he was in the minor leagues.
Adam Wainwright’s career changed 20 years ago
Time has moved by fast for Wainwright. He was only a high school senior when he found out that he would become a professional baseball player. He had certainly improved a lot from when he first came into the league. As a pitcher, he has learned to understand how to take control of the game.
He has multiple pitches that he can throw, and that is effective. Wainwright throws a sinker, cutter, curveball, four-seam fastball, and a changeup. Having that many pitches in his arsenal are a big reason why he has had success during his career. He will go down as one of the best pitchers in the Cardinals organization when his career is over.