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Adam Liberatore did not have a scholarship offer when he graduated from Blackhawk High School in 2005. Nine years later, he is on the doorstep of the major leagues.
The 27-year-old left-handed reliever is having an outstanding season with the Tampa Bay Rays' Class AAA Durham farm club in the International League. He is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 30 games after going to spring training with the major league club as a non-roster player for the second straight year.
Tennessee Tech eventually gave Liberatore a scholarship in the summer of 2005. The Rays then selected him in the 21st round of the 2009 draft.
Though he has never been regarded as a top prospect, Liberatore has performed well during his five seasons in the Rays' farm system. He is 20-15 with a 2.87 ERA in 178 career minor league games.
If Liberatore gets called up by the Rays, he would become the first player from Blackhawk to ever reach the major leagues.
Liberatore played his first three years of high school baseball at Quigley before transferring to Blackhawk for his senior year.