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DOB: 8/30/1981 (34)
Place of Birth: Brunswick, Georgia
Teams: Cardinals

Adam Wainwright grew up in Brunswick, Georgia. After his parents divorced when he was 7 years old, Adam and his older brother Trey were raised by their mother. Adam credits Trey for playing an influential role in his life and introducing him to sports. In their childhood, Trey built a mound in their backyard and taught Adam how to pitch. In high school, Adam was an impressive athlete. Growing up in a big football state, Matt was a two-year all-state wide receiver and placekicker. In baseball, he threw over 90 MPH, batted over .500, and was named the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year his senior year. He was offered a full scholarship to Georgia Tech. However, he decided to enter the 2000 MLB draft. He was selected 29th overall by the Atlanta Braves before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals months after the draft.

As A Player

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Statistics: ERA: 2.98 W-L: 121-67

After spending the first couple years as a reliever for the Cardinals, Adam has since serves as the ace of the pitching staff. Adam’s fastball ranges between 90 to 95 MPH and his go-to pitch in a 2-strike count is his curveball, which consistently drops more than 8 inches. Interestingly, Adam refuses to use his change-up against right handed batters. In 2011, Adam underwent Tommy John Surgery, but it has not limited him as a pitcher, as he threw his career high in innings pitched only two years after the major surgery. Matt is a 3x NL All-Star (2010, 2013, and 2014) and he has lead the NL in wins (2009 and 2013) and shutouts (2013, 2014).