#MLBPlayers411 | Adam Duvall
Today's #MLBPlayers411 player, All-Star left fielder Adam Duvall, is building off of his breakthrough 2016 campaign in which he paced the Reds with 33 home runs and 103 RBIs, in just his first full MLB season. Proving that was no fluke, he already has 14 homers and 45 RBIs through the first two months 2017.
While Adam has found his power stroke, it was a lack thereof that led Adam to a much bigger discovery.
Entering spring training with the San Francisco Giants in 2012, Adam found himself losing weight and feeling weaker than normal. Following testing, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 23. Today, Adam plays with a glucose monitor in his back pants pocket. The monitor continuously pumps insulin into his body through a tiny needle called a cannula. About every six days, Adam finds fresh insertion site in his skin.
While it sounds tedious, Adam has long since adjusted to carrying the device around.
“You've got to haul this stuff around,” Adam told the Courier-Journal, “but if you're willing to put in the time and keep it regulated, it shouldn't affect you in the present. You should be able to do anything you want to do. More importantly, it shouldn't affect you in the future.”
Given his numbers the past two seasons, this added responsibility sure hasn't had any ill effects on his play.
A Louisville native, Duvall bounced around collegiately after graduating from high school. After getting just 20 at-bats as a freshman at Western Kentucky University, Adam transferred to Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., where he hit .318 for the Indians. That performance helped Adam return home to finish his collegiate career at the University of Louisville.
The Giants drafted Adam in the 11th round in 2010 and he made his major league debut on June 26, 2014, hitting a home run off of then-Reds pitcher Mike Leake – the player for whom he would be traded to the Reds in July 2015.
On Aug. 31, 2015, in his first at-bat with Cincy, Adam hit a pinch-hit two-run homer off of Cubs pitcher Justin Grimm.
Adam repped the University of Louisville proudly when his outstanding performance in 2016 helped him become the first alum selected to the All-Star Game.
Check out some photos of Adam here.