February 8, 1976 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 24, 2000 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 23, 2003 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Runs batted in||65|
|Career highlights and awards|
Adam David Piatt (February 8, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois), is a former professional baseball player who played outfield in the Major Leagues from 2000 to 2003. He played for the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Piatt had a successful college career at Mississippi State University, helping lead the Bulldogs to multiple NCAA Tournament appearances. Piatt led the MSU team in 1996 with a .370 batting average. Piatt played mostly at 3rd base for MSU and was named to the 2nd team All-Southeastern Conference unit in 1997, when the Bulldogs reached the College World Series. He chose to leave school early after that, and signed a pro contract. Adam finished his education at MSU earning Cum Laude Honors from MSU's Business School.
Piatt's best year was 1999 when he won the triple crown and minor league player of the year award at 3rd base. He was forced into becoming an outfielder because of the A's present third baseman, Eric Chavez, and that was the only opening on the A's. He hit .299 in 60 games in 2000 with 5 home runs and 5 triples. In 2001, he got viral meningitis, but fortunately survived. He was designated for assignment by the A's in August 2003 and was claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. In 2004, he went to Cleveland, but retired before the season.
In the Mitchell Report, Piatt admitted to having used steroids. Piatt said that former A's teammate F. P. Santangelo had told him about a guy who could give Piatt HGH. Piatt (who was trying to come back from viral meningitis) received HGH and testosterone from Kirk Radomski and used them in the 2002-2003 offseason. After using them he said he "did not love the game when he used them" and that he had learned a life lesson. Piatt told all of this to Mitchell during their meeting. Former Senator George Mitchell commended Piatt for his honesty, and for being one of the few players to come forward to discuss the League's performance enhancing drug use.
Adam now lives in his hometown of Cape Coral. He is a Certified Financial Planner at UBS Financial Services.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference