Player drafted by Milwaukee Brewers commits to UMaine

Posted Aug. 27, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — There will be another new face in the Mahaney Clubhouse next week with the addition of Steven Adam to the University of Maine baseball roster.

Adam, an outfielder from Tecumseh, Ontario, has verbally committed to play for coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears.

Adam, a left-handed hitting outfielder, is a transfer from Salt Lake Community College in Utah. He will be a junior with two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Coming out of Ecole Secondaire L’Essor in 2011, the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder was a 44th-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in the Major League Baseball Entry Draft.

The 20-year-old Adam hit .294 with 21 runs batted in last season to help the Bruins post a 35-19 record. He stroked six doubles and two triples and scored 29 runs in 50 games, including 48 starts.

Adam compiled a .408 on-base percentage and stole nine bases in 11 tries.

As a freshman in 2012, Adam batted .327 with 41 RBIs and collected five doubles and seven triples while stealing 11 bases in 14 attempts.

He was the Canadian national runner-up in his age group for the Pitch, Hit and Run competition in 2007.

Adam joins an outfield that returns three starters in senior center fielder Colin Gay, junior left fielder Sam Balzano of Portland and junior right fielder Brian Doran, along with junior Scott Heath of Westbrook.

Derba joins UMaine staff

Nick Derba makes the transformation from player to coach this fall as he joins the UMaine baseball coaching staff.

Derba has been hired as the Black Bears’ No. 2 assistant after spending last season as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Manhattan College.

Derba replaces former UMaine standout Billy Cather, who spent four seasons on the staff, the last three as a full-time coach. Cather has returned to his hometown of Worcester, Mass., to work with his father at The Strike Zone, an indoor batting facility.

“Having coached Nick at Manhattan College and watching his professional career, he has a tremendous work ethic, character and the ability to be a top-notch teacher,” Trimper said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from the college and professional side of baseball.”

At Manhattan, Derba was a three-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference catcher for the Jaspers. He was a 30th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 and spent six seasons in the organization, including parts of three seasons with Triple-A Memphis in the Pacific Coast League.

The native of College Point, N.Y., graduated from Manhattan with a Bachelor of Science in biology and minors in chemistry and psychology.

UMaine plans fall HS clinics

UMaine baseball hopes to keep baseball going strong into the school year with its Fall Baseball Clinics.

The clinics begin Sept. 2 and will be held on consecutive Sundays from Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, plus two weekday sessions to be announced later.

The clinics, open to players in grades 9-12, will include an hour of practice-style instruction in fundamentals with Black Bears coaches and players, followed by games. Participants will have the opportunity to use the ProBatter pitching simulator inside the Mitchell Batting Pavilion.

“We’re proud that UMaine baseball has a hand in the development of local players and we want everybody to have an opportunity to continue playing fall baseball,” Trimper said.

The price for the Sept. 2 clnic is $35 per player, while the fee for the extended fall clinic is $225. There is a limit of 30 players per session.

“My staff and myself are adamant about giving kids in the state of Maine that chance to play baseball year-round as much as possible,” Trimper said. “This clinic will give kids a chance to enhance their skills with fundamentals and game-like situations.”

For information, contact UMaine assitant coach Ryan Forrest at 581-1096 or ryan.forrest@umit.maine.edu or visit GoBlackBears.com.

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