June 8, 2010
WASHINGTON - On the day the Nation's Capital was abuzz because of the debut of a professional player making his major league debut, a member of the Georgetown baseball team had his professional dreams realized as well. Georgetown senior pitcher Tim Adleman (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Adleman was selected in the 24th round of the draft with the 718th overall pick.
"It's a little surreal," Adleman said. "I don't think it will sink in until I put a uniform on and I get a chance to try and make it to the big leagues, but this is every kid's dream and I'm really excited."
He had not been sitting by the computer all day waiting to hear his name called. Adleman said that Head Coach Pete Wilk had told him that he could be taken anywhere between the 15th and 25th rounds, so he started to grow more interested as the afternoon wore on.
"I started to tune in more closely around the 15th and even more so after the 20th," Adleman said from his home in North Carolina. "We had the live Draft Tracker pulled up and I just happened to turn the sound on about a minute before my name was called, so it was a pretty cool coincidence."
"The first feeling was disbelief," Adleman said. "I thought I had heard the wrong name when it first came across, but it's just a relief to know that I've got a shot and that I don't have to wait."
Soon after he found out, Adleman spoke to a member of the Orioles staff and then was inundated with calls. "A bunch of the guys have called and texted and everyone has been really supportive," he said. "Everyone's gone out of their way to say congratulations and that has meant a ton to me."
Adleman is the first Georgetown player selected in the Major League Baseball Draft since Matt Bouchard was selected in the 11th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the New York Mets.
"It's a great honor to be the first guy drafted out of Georgetown in a few years and it would be cool if this helps the program down the road," Adleman said. "I'm really thankful to Coach Wilk and his staff for all of their help. I really hope this can help show that we've got a pretty good program here."
Adelman, who was closely watched by Orioles scout Chris Gale, said he thinks that he may join Baltimore's short-season Class A team that plays in Aberdeen, Md.
The senior finished the 2010 season with a 4-4 overall record and a 5.51 earned run average. He threw 83.1 innings and gave up 51 earned runs on 106 hits with only 18 walks and 58 strikeouts.
For his career, he leaves the Hilltop with a 14-27 overall record and a 5.83 earned run. He appeared in 52 games and started 48 times during his career, throwing 293.2 innings and walking only 83 batters with a school record 224 strikeouts.