The Buies Creek Astros had a new face in the locker room on Friday, as southpaw Adam Bleday earned his first promotion of the 2018 season.
Bleday, a 2013 Titusville High School graduate, will get his first taste of Class A Advanced baseball in the Carolina League with Buies Creek, which plays its home games at Jim Perry Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C.
“It definitely feels good,” Bleday said of getting the second promotion of his young career. “I just have to keep getting outs. It’s same attack plan at every level.”
Starting out his season at Class-A Quad Cities, Bleday took the Midwest League by storm, compiling a 2-2 record with one save in 11 appearances. The southpaw struck out 37 hitters in 23 innings.
Bleday’s last appearance came on Sunday against the Peoria Chiefs, where he struck out four hitters and did not allow a hit in three innings of relief.
At the time of his promotion, Bleday lowered his ERA to 1.96.
“I’ve felt good [recently], but there is always something to work on,” Bleday said. “Getting ahead in the count has been a focus of mine, along with bettering my curveball.”
Moving from one playoff race to another one, Bleday leaves Quad Cities, which is one half game out of first place (heading into Friday’s contests), for an Astros club that is in a tie for first place with the Down East Wood Ducks in the Southern Division of the Carolina League.
The closest Bleday and the Buies Creek Astros will be to Titusville this season is Frederick, M.D., on Aug. 10-12.