Name: Reynaldo Adames
High School: Milton
College: Allegany (Md.)
Notable: Batted .344 with four home runs and 24 RBIs this season. Also stole 16 bases
Why I chose Allegany: “I loved coach Baz (Steve Bazarnic). That man taught me a lot about the game in the last two years and he made it seem like a second home. I enjoyed the campus and everything around it this year because I knew more people. Another reason why I wanted to come to Allegany was because I knew that Allegany was going to get me ready for the next level ... to be able to play at a D1 or D2 school with a scholarship.
“The next two seasons I’m going to make it count, just like the last two. I hit .321 my freshman year and .344 my sophomore year and now I’m heading to Texas A&M International University this fall (a Division II school). But I’m getting ready for that already because I know that the pitching is just going to keep getting harder and harder.”
Biggest adjustment to collegiate athletics: “Probably working on my hitting and bunting ... a little bit more, because after my freshman year (no home runs and fewer than 20 RBIs), I told my brother Raymond Adames (who’s also at Allegany) and my uncle German Evangelista that I have to work harder on my power and drive in runs so I can have a better season my sophomore year.”
Biggest surprise about collegiate athletics: “The biggest surprise about the collegiate game would be the pitching speed, because I wasn’t used to seeing pitchers throwing 90 and up almost every day in high school. It was the hardest transition. And the more I started playing with a bunch a guys who loved the sport and enjoyed playing the sport as much as I do, I learned something new every day. It was a learning process.”