22nd rounder Pointer signs...
June 9, 2006
MIKE FORMAN - Advocate Sports Writer
Adam Pointer's first pitching appearance at Alvin Community College wasn't his last.
Pointer hadn't pitched since his senior year of high school at Bay City, but he took the mound because the team needed pitchers for a fall game.
"I started throwing and when I was through, the scouts there told them how hard I was throwing," Pointer said. "When they found out, I became their closing pitcher."
Pointer's 90-plus mph fastball helped him compile a 3-1 record and a 2.00 ERA while saving eight games for Alvin this season. It also caught the attention of the Cincinnati Reds, who drafted him in the 22nd round on Wednesday.
Pointer signed with the Reds on Thursday and will report to their Gulf Coast League rookie team in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday.
"I did a lot of long tossing from the outfield and my arm got strong," said Pointer, who had offers to attend Houston Baptist and Prairie View A&M. "I'm physically ready, my arm is live, and I feel like I'm at that point."
Pointer was primarily an outfielder at Bay City and after a redshirt season, began his career at Alvin in the outfield. He also played in the outfield this season, hitting .302 with two home runs and 21 RBIs.
But Manny Rodriguez, the area scout for the Reds, who coached Pointer during his freshman and sophomore years at Bay City, has no doubt Pointer's future is on the mound.
"He was throwing 91-92 early this season and when I saw him again he was up to 93-94 and topped out at 95," Rodriguez said. "He has the ability to come in and challenge people. All of a sudden he just turned it loose."