Former Bullfrog Adam Cimber Debuts with the Padres

Cimber is the 190th former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB

Rochester, Minn. – Former Green Bay Bullfrog, Adam Cimber, made his Major League debut for the San Diego Padres on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Cimber is the 190th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.

Cimber, who played collegiately at Washington and at the University of San Francisco, played for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in 2011. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 9th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

In 2011 with the Bullfrogs, Cimber appeared in 18 games and was 2-1 with a .52 ERA. He also struck out 36 batters in 34.1 innings pitched and had nine saves.

Cimber started his Minor League career in 2013 with the Eugene Emeralds of the Class A Short Season Northwest League. In 28 games in relief he was 3-1 with a 2.56 ERA and had 27 strikeouts in 31.2 innings pitched. He also had ten saves.

Cimber spent the 2014 season in the Hi-A California League with the Lake Elsinore Storm. Over 52 appearances he would go 5-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 77.2 innings pitched. He would walk only nine batters while recording 43 strikeouts.

The 2015 season saw Cimber split time between the San Antonio Missions in the AA Texas League and the El Paso Chihuahuas of the AAA Pacific Coast League. He would pitch in 44 games with the Missions and then finished the season with two appearances in El Paso. For the year he went 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA and struck out 46 batters in 59 innings.

Cimber once again split time between the Missions and the Chihuahuas in 2016. Between the two teams he would appear in 46 games and had a record of 3-3 with a 3.77 ERA. He also had 31 strikeouts in 57.1 innings while walking 15 and saving three games.

The same routine for Cimber took place during the 2017 season. He started again in San Antonio and was then promoted to El Paso after 12 games. He would then appear in 37 games in El Paso and went a combined 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA for the year. His strikeout numbers improved as well with a career high 65 for the year in 80.2 innings pitched. He also had five saves.

In his Major League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers, Cimber entered the game in the 12th inning in relief of Brad Hand. He would allow a run on three hits but recorded his first Major League strikeout by striking out Hernan Perez to end the inning.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, 190 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.