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Nicholas James Adenhart
Born: 8/24/86 in Silver Springs, MD
HT/WT: 6-3/185; Position: Pitcher

04/09/2009 6:08 PM ET

MiLB stunned by death

On Opening Day, a day of new beginnings, Minor League Baseball's mindset was anything but that after the news of Nick Adenhart's death had spread. The Angels pitcher was killed in a hit-and-run car accident Thursday morning.


“He was the most unselfish guy I ever knew, he'd do anything for anybody. He was really getting everything together, as a person and on the field, and it just seemed like he was on top of the world.”

Brad Coon, former teammate and friend

“Nick was just a pleasure to work with, very down-to-earth and it seemed like nothing could really bother him. If things were going good, or things were going bad, he was always the same exact person. He believed in himself, and was always able to make the necessary adjustments.”

Bobby Mitchell, Salt Lake Bees manager

“He was the kind of kid who liked to talk, and who had a really good sense of humor. One would get the sense that as a big league pitcher he was going to stick around for a very long time, but he never came across as overly cocky.”

Phil Elson, Arkansas Travelers broadcaster

“Nick was a guy who could always make you laugh, he was quick-witted and a real jokester. He was great to hang out with, and there wasn't anything negative that you could say about him. He was the type of person who everyone always wanted to be around.”

Matt Brown, teammate and friend

Career Highlights

Summary of Accomplishments


  • Pitched for Team USA in 2008 Olympics
  • Made Major League debut on May 1, 2008
  • Ranked third in Ks (116) in Texas League
  • Ranked fourth in ERA (3.65) for Arkansas Travelers
  • Named to Texas League All-Star Team
  • Went 10-2 with a 1.95 ERA for Cedar Rapids
  • Selected to All-Star Futures Game
  • Named to midseason and postseason Midwest League All-Star Team
  • Made professional debut on June 26
  • Selected to 2006 All-Star Futures Game
  • Went 2-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 13 games
  • Drafted by the Angels in the 14th round of the Draft

Minor League Career Totals