In 2022 the Cincinnati Reds used their 15th round draft pick to select Adam Serwinowski out of Eastside High School in Taylors, South Carolina. He would only pitch in one game after the draft, throwing a shutout inning with a hit, walk, and a strikeout for the Arizona Complex League Reds.

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When the 2023 season began for Serwinowski he was back in Arizona with the complex league team. His season debut went about as well as could be asked as he allowed just one hit in 3.0 innings without a walk and he struck out four of the nine hitters he faced on the day. A week later he was coming out of the bullpen – he alternated in a piggyback type of system – and things didn’t go well at all as he allowed four runs in 1.2 innings.

His next outing was his best of the season and it came against the Guardians team he faced in his debut. This time out he threw 3.0 hitless innings and allowed just one walk and struck out a career high seven batters. The next month was a little bit of a struggle for the lefty as he threw just 7.2 innings in his four games and allowed six earned runs on six hits and seven walks.

Things turned around in his final outing of July when he tossed 2.0 shutout innings with four strikeouts against the Padres. The following two starts saw him throw 7.0 innings between two starts and allow just one run on one hit. His season came to an end with one more outing against the Guardians when he threw 3.0 hitless innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

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Adam Serwinowski Scouting Report

Position: Left-handed pitcher | B/T: L/L

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 191 lbs | Acquired: 15th Round (2022 Draft)

Born: June 7, 2004

Fastball | The pitch works in the mid-90’s and touches higher.

Curveball | An above-average offering with two plane movement.

Change Up | A well below-average offering.

When you look at the scouting report for Adam Serwinowski you can see two potential plus offerings with the fastball and the curveball. Neither is there right now, but it’s possible they get there. The change up has a long ways to go before it’s a reliable pitch.

But when you look at the scouting report you can also see a big question mark when it comes to his ability to throw strikes. He walked 15% of the hitters he faced in 2023. The sample size is small – he only faced 107 batters on the year – but the scouting reports line up with the numbers. He’s going to need to make strides in his strike-throwing ability to remain a starter, and he’ll probably need to improve at least a little bit if he’s going to be able to be a reliable reliever.

Along with the questions about his strike throwing ability, he has to show that he can maintain his stuff for more than a few innings per week. It’s not his fault that he hasn’t been able to prove that yet – the Reds development system that is in place limits the use of young guys out in Arizona before taking the training wheels off a bit once they get to full season ball. Still, Serwinowski threw 27.1 innings in 2023 and that’s just nowhere near enough innings to show if or how well his stuff holds up in either a game or a season as a guy being asked to throw 5+ innings a start or 100+ innings in a year.

There’s plenty of upside with the tall lefty. But there’s a lot of risk in his profile, too.

Interesting Stat on Adam Serwinowski

He threw 9.0 innings against Cleveland’s affiliate and allowed no runs, just one hit, walked four batters, and he struck out 14 of the 31 hitters he faced.

6 Responses

  1. MBS

    I really like this bit ” you can see two potential plus offerings with the fastball and the curveball. Neither is there right now, but it’s possible they get there.”

    If it does maybe he’ll become a HL type reliever.

  2. Stock

    Eric Longenhagen (Fangraphs) has him as a top 100 prospect for 2025. Excited to follow him in 2024.

    • MBS

      That would be a big accomplishment for a 15th rounder. I hope Eric knows his stuff.

  3. DaveCT

    He seems like a candidate for a tandem starter system in Lo-A, which most recently seems to have been pretty successful with the group led by Aguiar in 2022.

  4. Mauired

    Daytona Beach had a loaded squad last year and could do it again. Guys like Serwinowski, Cervantes, Stafura, Cabrera, Lin, Duno could all be on the team. That’s alot of young potential top 100 prospects.

  5. Tom

    India – plantar facietis
    Marte – hamstring
    Lodolo – tibia stress fracture
    Ashcraft – foot fracture
    Dunn – elbow irritation
    Fraley – toe
    Greene – hip / arm
    McClain – oblique
    Moll – delayed with something
    Montas – shoulder recovery

    Tell me again about depth?!

    Good thing Senzel’s not here!

    Stephenson’s hopefully back to full strength after a legacy of injuries.

    There are no “good” injuries, but that list is mostly the kind that linger. I imagine we won’t hear about much of it, but many players are and were playing with injuries that can inhibit performance – then turn into worse.

    I’ll be interested if Krall convinces ownership to bring in a big FA signing that is still available at a great price. This team is not healed up yet! As such, a demotion to AAA this year is not a sentence in Siberia. There will be call ups early and often!