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Adamson adjusting to time change after Classic


PEORIA, Ariz. -- In desperate need of sleep, Corey Adamson wandered around the team's spring facility on Thursday looking a bit beleaguered with the exception of a smile on his face.

Adamson's flight from Taiwan, with a short stop in Los Angeles, landed in Phoenix around 1 a.m. When Adamson, who played for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, finally arrived at the team hotel, the 21-year-old outfielder couldn't sleep.

So he showed up in Peoria a day ahead of the rest of the Minor League position players, hoping to try and stay awake until a normal hour. It was all worth it, he said.

"It was a short trip, we went to Taiwan for some practice game, then Japan and then back to Taiwan," Adamson said. "It was like a Major League experience, the greatest thing I've been through, playing in front of 50,000 fans."

Team Australia went 0-3 in Pool B play with losses to Chinese Taipei, Korea and the Netherlands. As for Adamson, he was used as a pinch-hitter. He had two hits in three at-bats.

Adamson, who signed with the Padres as an undrafted free agent when he was 16, is coming off a huge season in the Australian Baseball League, where he hit .321 in 134 at-bats for Perth.

In parts of four Minor League seasons, where he's typically been one of the youngest players at every level he has played, Adamson has a .220/.306/.286 line. He will begin the 2013 season with Class A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League.

"Coming over 16, 17, playing my first season when I was 18, I'm still a young kid compared to all of the college guys around," he said. "I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. Being able to work my way to where I'm at now, I feel I've got a little advantage over guys coming out of high school and college now."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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