Prospect Profile: David Adams

It looked like Adams would continue his march towards the Bronx in 2010 when he started in Trenton.  He appeared in 39 games and hit .309/.393/.507 before his injury ended his season.  Adams, who has been one of the top infield prospects since high school, was supposedly part of ill-fated deal with the Mariners that would have put Cliff Lee in the Bronx.  When the physicals were done, however, the Mariners did not like what they saw in Adams ankle and the deal was dead.

Adams would continue to be frustrated during the 2011 season, as slowly continued to rehab his ankle.  He saw time in Tampa early on in the season, but was did not appear ready to play.  He ended the season having appeared in 29 games between the GCL Yankees and Tampa, and while he was able to put together some really strong numbers, it was clear that Adams was still hurting.  He hit a combined .370, but had only one home run and twelve doubles.  While Adams has admitted that his ankle is still not back to where it used to be, it looks as though he is ready to resume playing.

Scouting:
Adams is a strong player all-around.  He does not have any real weakness in his game, and has shown incredible consistency on both sides of the field.  He has great plate discipline and patience, and showing the ability to draw walks.  Adams hits a lot of doubles, hitting to all fields and displaying some above average power.  He has a knack to come through in clutch situations.  When he gets on base, he is not particularly fast, but he has illustrated some smart and aggressive running skills.  This will be one area to watch closely as we see how the ankle injury will affect his game.

Adams is a solid defender with some decent range and a strong arm.  He seems to have mastered the double-play pivot and has drawn some comparisons to Robinson Cano, though he does not appear to have the range of the Yankees second baseman.

While it would be understandable to see the young player get frustrated after his last couple seasons, he has continued to show his strong work ethic.  Seemingly cocky earlier in his career, Adams work ethic and competitiveness have served him well.  If his ankle has healed and he is able to stay healthy, it would not be surprising to see Adams in the majors next year.  It is hard to know just what Adams’ ceiling is at this point, but it is safe to say that he should find himself a job as a major league starting second baseman in the not too distant future.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.

3 thoughts on “Prospect Profile: David Adams

  1. williamjtasker

    The college career and the injury now makes him a 25 year old prospect. If he doesn't rise quickly now on he comeback trail, he could run out of time.

    • Yeah, I hesitate to say he has hit that make it or break it place, mostly because he had moved through so quickly prior to the injury and because he had been so highly ranked. I think at this point the injury is a bigger concern than his age. If he can get back to where he was he shouldn't be far from the majors.

    • danrizzle

      I would normally agree, but when freak injuries are the reason a guy gets derailed from the prospect track, it's better than other things, such as failure to adjust to advanced levels in the minors.

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