Adam Cimber

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Adam Cimber
Adam Cimber 2018.jpg
Cimber with the Indians in 2018
Cleveland Indians – No. 90
Born: (1990-08-15) August 15, 1990 (age 29)
Portland, Oregon
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
March 29, 2018, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record9–11
Earned run average3.89

Adam Christian Cimber (born August 15, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the San Diego Padres. Cimber is one of only a few Major League pitchers to throw submarine pitches.[1]


After graduating from Puyallup High School in Puyallup, Washington, he enrolled at the University of Washington where he played college baseball from 2010-2012, compiling a 9-8 record and 4.15 ERA in 73 appearances. He then transferred to the University of San Francisco where he spent the 2013 season, posting a 6-3 record and 3.74 ERA in 57 innings.

San Diego Padres[edit]

Cimber was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the ninth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[2][3] He signed and spent 2013 with the Eugene Emeralds where he was 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA in 28 relief appearances. In 2014, he played for the Lake Elsinore Storm where he pitched to a 5-3 record, 2.90 ERA, and 1.15 WHIP in 52 games, and in 2015, he pitched for both the San Antonio Missions and El Paso Chihuahuas where he posted a combined 4-2 record and 3.05 ERA in 46 total games between both teams. Cimber spent 2016 with both San Antonio and El Paso where he was 3-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 46 games and 2017 with the same two teams, going 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA with an 0.90 WHIP in 80.2 innings pitched.[4]

Cimber made the San Diego's Opening Day roster in 2018 and he made his major league debut on March 29, 2018.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On July 19, 2018, Cimber was traded, along with Brad Hand, to the Cleveland Indians for Francisco Mejía.[5] He finished his 2018 season with a 3-8 record and a 3.42 ERA in seventy relief appearances, and shared the major league lead in intentional walks, with nine, while he had a total of only 17 walks.[6]


Cimber grew up a Seattle Mariners fan.[7]

In high school, Cimber said, “I was 14 years old, and I was really small and skinny.” His father suggested that to make the team, he'd have to do something differently. He was intrigued by the sidewinder style of Brad Ziegler of the Oakland A's and began experimenting in his backyard.[7][8]


  1. ^ LOOK: Baseball's new season includes a lot of rookies with unusual deliveries -
  2. ^ "Adam Cimber Goes to San Diego in the Ninth Round". University of San Francisco.
  3. ^ Acee, Kevin. "Adam Cimber has done work to not get left out by Padres".
  4. ^ "Adam Cimber Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Indians deal for ace reliever Brad Hand". July 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Major League Leaderboards » 2017 » Pitchers » Standard Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball
  7. ^ a b Indians reliever Adam Cimber utilized unique delivery just to make high school team, WKYC (Cleveland, Ohio), Matthew Florjancic, March 26, 2019. The correct spelling of the first professional pitcher whose sidearm style Cimber experimented with is Brad Ziegler.
  8. ^ Indians’ Adam Cimber assembled funky delivery to pave path to majors, The Daily Record, Ryan Lewis, Aug. 11, 2018.

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