Q&A With Missouri Commit Adison Worthman


By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout

OF Adison Worthman (Bloomington) served as a catalyst for his high school team this past spring, helping to lead Bloomington to an overall record of 18-10 while earning himself a spot on the PBR Third Team All-State. As just a sophomore, Worthman turned in a batting average of .472 with four doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 32 RBI's, 38 runs scored and 30 stolen bases on 32 attempts. With Worthman's high-level toolset, it will be exciting to see what 2022 has in store for the future Tiger. 

We recently had the opportunity to discuss the recruitment process with Worthman, as well as some other intriguing topics found below. 

Latest Scouting Report

Adison Worthman

Class of 2023 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: 3B
  • High School: Bloomington
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: Chicago White Sox ACE
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 230lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report

5/16/21

Currently ranked No. 179 in the 2023 national rankings. 6-foot-2, 230-pound right-handed hitting outfielder; big, physical, athletic build. Physically imposing, comparable to middle linebacker for an SEC football team. Currently has multiple power 5 offers. Not only is he the biggest player on the field he is also the most athletic. Long-strided runner allows him to cover a lot of ground with each stride. Went 1st-to-3rd on a base hit to right field and was halfway to third by the time the outfielder was fielding the batted ball. Offensively he stands tall with his hands high, slight leg kick, above-average bat speed, strong swing. Barrell is short and direct to contact. In the first game of the day did not get many pitches to hit but did manage to produce a line drive single up the middle. Homered to deep left field in the second game.  Defensively Worthman didn’t get much action in center field. During pregame warmups he showed a loose and accurate arm. 


Videos

(6/27/21)

Our Q&A

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? What were you looking for out of a college program to continue your baseball career at?

Worthman: I was expecting the recruiting process to be similar to my older brother’s football recruiting process. I was expecting to receive a lot of recruiting letters in the mail and coaches coming to my house for in home visits. I was looking for a program that offered good academics, diversity within the roster, an opportunity for early playing time and a connection with the coaches. 

P: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision? 

W: It played a factor because I want to stay close to home so that my parents can come see me play. 

P: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Where did the school you committed to first see you play? 

W: The recruiting process picked up for me when I ran a 6.57 60 yard dash at 230 lbs with an exit velocity of 103.33 at the IL & WI PBR Underclass Games. The Missouri coaches saw me play in person at the 2021 Perfect Game Junior Nationals in Atlanta, GA. 

P: What do you like most about the program you chose, and what were the key factors in making your decision? 

W: What I liked most about the program was that it was in the SEC conference which is the best conference in college baseball. The facilities were nice along with the technology and the academic center. 

P: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision? 

W: A couple of schools from the Big 10 and Big 12. 

P: Who is the best player you have faced in your state? What about them makes for a tough opponent? 

W: One of the best players in the state that I have faced is Parker Detmers. He can really command three pitches with top end velocity on his fast ball. 

P: At what point in your career did you realize you were a college-caliber player and became serious about taking your game to the next level?

W: I’ve always been serious about baseball even from a young age starting as far back as when I hit eight home runs in Cooperstown, NY. It started getting more serious when I started traveling to competitive out of state tournaments with the White Sox ACE. 

P: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are? 

W: The advice I would give to younger players is to be consistent with your baseball training. You should hit at least 5-6 days per week even if it’s just doing tee work, hitting wiffle balls or taking dry swings in the mirror. You should work on defense also even if you just throw tennis balls off the wall. Speed is really important also. Doing sprint work up hills and jumping rope are ways to help improve your speed. 

P: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?

W: My most memorable baseball moment was getting invited to the MLB/USA Break-Through Series at the Jackie Robinson Complex in Vero Beach, FL. I received professional level coaching from former MLB players like Ken Griffey Sr, Fred McGriff, Marquis Grissom and others. Especially Coach Jerry Manuel who spent extra time to work with me and believed in my ability. 

P: Preview your high school team's season for us. How do you feel your team will be? 

W: We will have seven returning starters so that should put us in a good position to have a good year and finish first or second in the Big 12 Conference.

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