Adam Griffin flew onto the baseball scene as a sophomore, lighting up scouts radar guns at the Impact Pitcher and Catcher Showcase in 2009 by topping 94 mph on the mount. Since that time the right handed hurler has continued to improve and is one of the top two-way prospects in North Carolina heading into 2011. The 6-1 right handed outfielder starred for the Dirtbags for the past two seasons culminating with a National Championship this fall at the World Wood Bat Association tournament in Jupiter, Fla. Impact Baseball has Griffin ranked as the top prospect in North Carolina for the 2011 class in high school, while Perfect Game has Griffin at the No. 5 prospect in the state and No. 98 nationally. Griffin plays for coach Andy Partin both with the Dirtbags and at Forsyth Country Day School.
"It started when I was playing with Andy Partin and the Dirtbags," Griffin said. "I got most of my looks [in recruiting] down at Fort Myers my first year going down there. After that the next spring I went to the USA Complex and that was one of the first times that North Carolina came to see me and they wanted me to call them - that was how it all got started."
Griffin was also being pursued by South Carolina, along with most of the Atlantic Coast Conference teams, after his performance at Fort Myers.
"I have always been a Carolina fan," said. "All my life I have wanted to go there and when I found out that I would get that opportunity to go there I wanted to take advantage of that."
The connection that Griffin developed with the Tar Heel coaching staff was a major reason for his decision to verbally commit so early in the process, "I really like the coaches at North Carolina," he elaborated. "They are the biggest part of my decision. We have a good vibe. They have been following me for a while and we have been talking for while and they have been coming to a lot of my games."
Griffin has had eye-opening velocity with his fastball from an early age. Recently he has been working on his mechanics on the mound as well as his repertoire. His solid build along with his repeatable delivery has him as one of the top power arms in the country. He features a 3/4 arm slot with mid to low 90s heat that tails with late movement. Currently his breaking ball is in the mid to low 70s along with an effective change up. Some scouts believe the one pitch that would help Griffin's arsenal would be an effective hard slider.
Off the mound, Griffin is a legitimate two-way player as an outfielder. He has good speed, clocking a 6.86 best time in the 60 yard dash at the Perfect Game 2010 National Showcase. At the plate Griffin has very strong hands and can hit both for average and power. Defensively he is smooth and polished in the outfield along with a powerful and accurate arm.
"I think that Adam Griffin is the best two way player in the state," Partin said. "He has a great arm and when things are going well offensively for Adam he is as good as it gets in this state. He makes playing the outfield look so easy - he is a natural out there. He is a plus runner and offensively he is outstanding. He has a great swing and his hands are very strong and the ball flies off of his bat. He has been making some adjustments on the mound and has been working hard at repeating his delivery. His breaking ball is getting better and better. He has good stuff on the mound.
"He is so projectable because he throws so hard. There is no doubt that Adam Griffin will be drafted - if he come up with a number all 32 clubs will be listening. He will have to sit down with his family and decide what it will take; professional scouts love him. He is going to be a busy man answering a lot of questions leading up to the draft."
The soft spoken player is indeed a top prospect for the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.
"My goals are to become a professional baseball player and to go to Carolina and play there," Griffin said. "It would have to be a pretty good amount of money I guess and I would have to like their scouts and front office."
Griffin said he has been looking forward to college and hopes to have a dual role in that destination: "Recently I have talked with the coaches at North Carolina and they projected to use me two ways and they said I should get playing time both ways," stated Griffin. "It is going to be a lot of work along with my teammates."