April 10th, 2009
by bigabaseball

Nick Adenhart died just past midnight on April 9th, after getting hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light. Nick Adenhart was a predicted top 10 pick in the 2004 Amateur draft, but sustained an elbow injury just a few days before the draft, and required Tommy John surgery. Adenhart came back the Summer of 2005, and was named as the Angels best pitching prospect in 2006, a title he would hold for three years in a row. In 2007 at the age of 2o, he had a 3.65 ERA, and showed him self as one of the best young arms in the minors. He earned his first call-up to the MLB in 2008 when he replaced Dustin Moseley. In 3 starts, Adenhart went 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in 12 innings. After Lackey returned from injury, Adenhart was sent back to AAA where he had a shaky season with a 5.76 ERA. Going into Spring Training this season, Shane Loux, Dustin Moseley, and Nick Adenhart were competing for the last spot in the Angels rotation until Kelvim Escobar’s expected return from a torn rotator cuff in mid-May. Due to the injuries of John Lackey and Ervin Santana, all three were placed in the rotation. Adenhart made his first start of the 2009 season on April 8th when he hurled six scoreless innings against the Oakland Athletics. Just hours after the game, ┬áNick Adenhart and three others were killed in a car accident. Rest in Peace Nick Adenhart, you will be missed by the Angel Family and all of Major League Baseball.

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