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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
On the tenth year anniversary of Johnny Adams helping lead the Walpole American Little League team to Williamsport in 2007, it only seems fitting that Adams, a recent graduate from Boston College, where he captained the BC baseball team this past season, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in the 22nd round (No. 663 overall) of the 2017 MLB Draft.
Adams, a graduate of Walpole High School in 2007, emerged as a star infielder for the Rebels, leading Walpole to two Bay State League titles during his sophomore and senior seasons. Adams was a four-year letter winner and was three times elected as a First-Team Bay State League All-Star. During his senior season at WHS in 2013, Adams accepted a scholarship to Boston College to play baseball, following in his father Jay’s footsteps, who played at BC and captained the 1987 team.
In 2017, Adams hit .211 with a home run and 20 RBI for the Eagles as their starting shortstop. In 2016 as a junior, Adams caught fire in the NCAA Tournament, going 7-for-12 the opening regional with four doubles, three runs scored, and three RBI. Adams’ performance earned him Regional MOP (Most Outstanding Player), a selection to the First-Team All-Regional team, and his a team a trip to the Super Regionals against ACC rival Miami.
Johnny Adams is everything that any MLB would love to have on their roster or in their farm system. A two-time recipient of BC’s No. 8 uniform (an honor given to the player who has battled adversity and best represents the qualities of BC baseball to commemorate former BC baseball great Peter “Sonny” Nictakis), Adams has always been praised on his exceptional work ethic and leadership abilities both on and off the field dating back to his days at WHS.
Now, after the years and years of hard work, Johnny Adams will get to live his dream and play professional baseball.
Congratulations to Johnny and the entire Adams family on this incredible accomplishment and best of luck to Johnny as he gets set to head out to the Pacific Northwest.