Steven Adderley is now the fourth Bahamian to enter the Miami Marlins system in Major League Baseball (MLB) after he signed on the dotted line this week.
The I-Elite product joins Ian Lewis, Andrew Arthur and major leaguer Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm in the Marlins system.
“It feels amazing,” Adderley said. “Firstly, I would like to thank God. This is a dream come true. I have been waiting for this all my life from I was like three years old. Now it has happened and I get to be in a jersey and it feels so good. I thank them for it and I could not be happier.”
It has been a long process for Adderley to get to this point of his career. Originally from Grand Bahama, the outfielder left home and moved to New Providence to attend International Elite (I-Elite) Sports Academy to work on his game.
“I started playing from around three. When I was in Freeport, it was a little hard because we did not have that much to get exposure from. Moving to Nassau was much harder on my parents, especially for my mom because I am a ‘momma’s boy’ and letting her child go was harder on her than me. From I moved to Nassau, it was always go time and my mindset was always for me to be ready for the next big thing. It all worked out and I thank Coach Geron (Sands) and coach Albert (Cartwright),” Adderley said.
Sands and Cartwright are co-founders of I-Elite and have been instrumental in preparing young men for a baseball career and life afterwards. Adderley said attending the academy has changed his game tremendously.
“I watched the clips and coach Geron and I would talk about it. They showed clips of me hitting while I was in Freeport and it didn’t looked too good to be honest. When I moved to Nassau, my swing and everything else just changed and I could see the progress with how I am swinging – it got better. As I started to swing more, I knew that I would be a better swinger after I moved to I-Elite,” Adderley said.
On hand at the signing was the Marlins’ Director of International Scouting Fernando Seguignol. He spoke highly of his team’s latest Bahamian signing.
“We saw his body of work on the field. He is an outfielder who is going to be an instant impact to our organization. When we talk about tools, we talk about speed plus bat speed – that was the most impressive, but you sit down and talk to him, you get to see his family foundation is strong and what type of person he is off the field. He was brought up well by his parents and that is what was most impressive for what we have in building a championship caliber organization. We want players on and off the field who will bring that type of ability for us,” Seguignol said.
Seguignol, who has been with the Marlins organization for four years, said he has been looking at Adderley for the past two years.
“We (Marlins) are close by and we are working on getting our impact in the community and having Bahamians in the system build that relationship on and off the field,” Seguignol said. “It’s about building that relationship between two countries. Imagine having a full roster of Bahamians in the organization – that would be beautiful. We are going to keep those great players. It is just a perfect fit for us.”
Adderley said he feels good to be a part of the Marlins and around familiar faces in Chisholm, Lewis and Arthur. As for players who are looking to be where he is, the outfielder said they have to keep pushing and working hard.
With this signing, Adderley now joins Evan Sweeting (San Diego Padres) and Adari Grant (St. Louis Cardinals) as the third Bahamian to sign a professional baseball contract during this current international signing period of MLB.