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Adam John Kolarek (born January 14, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Adam Kolarek
Adam Kolarek on July 7, 2018 (cropped).jpg
Kolarek with the Rays in 2018
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 56
Born: (1989-01-14) January 14, 1989 (age 30)
Baltimore, Maryland
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 29, 2017, for the Tampa Bay Rays
MLB statistics
(through September 17, 2019)
Win–loss record8-3
Earned run average3.82

Amateur careerEdit

Kolarek was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Catonsville High School.[1] He later attended University of Maryland, where he played from 2008 to 2010. In 2008, he was 2-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 21 appearances. In 2009, he was 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA in 26 games and in 2010, he was 1-4 with a 6.06 ERA in 13 games (five starts).[2] Ranked as one of the top 50 lefthanders in the country,[3] Kolarek was drafted by the Mets in the 11th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft, ahead of future major league All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson.[4][5]

Professional careerEdit

Minor league careerEdit

He pitched for the Kingsport Mets and Brooklyn Cyclones in 2010 and went 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in 22 games between them. In 37 1/3 innings, he allowed 19 hits and had 45 strikeouts. Had he qualified, he would have led Kingsport in WHIP with a mark of 0.643. He pitched for the Savannah Sand Gnats and St. Lucie Mets in 2011, going 7-1 with a 2.85 ERA in 26 games. His 1.000 winning percentage for Savannah tied for the team and league lead, In 2012, he went 1-3 with 18 saves, 70 strikeouts and a 2.37 ERA in 44 games (57 innings) for St. Lucie, earning a spot on the Florida State League All-Star team. He also pitched 6 games for the Binghamton Mets and posted a 2-0 record with a 5.68 ERA. He was a Organization All-Star and a FSL Post-Season All-Star that year.[6] He led St. Lucie in games and games finished that year. He led the entire league in saves. In the Arizona Fall League, he had a 2.92 ERA in nine games for the Surprise Saguaros. In 2013, he was 3-3 with a 1.71 ERA in 44 games for Binghamton. In his first taste of Triple-A, he had an 11.25 ERA in 2 appearances for the Las Vegas 51s as well. He spent some time with the big league club during 2014 spring training. Back with Binghamton for that year's regular season, his ERA was 6.07 in 48 appearances, though he had a 1.12 mark in six games for the Gigantes de Carolina in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He began 2015 with Binghamton.[7] Kolarek signed with the Tampa Bay Rays before the 2016 season.

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

Adam Kolarek pitching against the Baltimore Orioles on July 1, 2017.

Kolarek was called up to the majors for the first time on June 28, 2017.[8] At 28 years old, Kolarek made his major league debut at PNC Park, throwing 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and striking out one on 14 pitches.[9] In 2018, he made 31 appearances with two saves.

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

On July 31, 2019, the Rays traded Kolarek to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor leaguer Niko Hulsizer.[10]


His father, Frank Kolarek, played in the minor leagues in the 1970s and 1980s. Adam married the former Melanie Rae Shapiro on November 11, 2017[11][12]


  1. ^ "Baseball: Catonsville natives armed for pro career". Archived from the original on 2016-02-15. Retrieved 2015-07-26.
  2. ^ The Baseball Cube "Adam Kolarek". Archived from the original on 2015-04-24.
  3. ^ "An Interview with Mets 2010 11th rounder LHP Adam Kolarek".
  4. ^ "11th Round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft -".
  5. ^ "Farm report: Kolarek in control for St. Lucie".
  6. ^ "Adam Kolarek Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball".
  7. ^ "Adam Kolarek Minor, Fall & Winter Leagues Statistics & History -".
  8. ^ Clary, Craig. "Catonsville native Kolarek gets call to Major Leagues for the Tampa Bay Rays".
  9. ^ "Rays' Adam Kolarek: Solid inning-plus in MLB debut". Retrieved 2017-07-26.
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  11. ^, Craig Clary,. "Catonsville's Kolarek makes the most of relief appearance against Bowie Baysox".CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  12. ^ "Reliever Adam Kolarek Could Make A Good Impression - Mets Merized Online".

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