Prospect Profile: David Adams

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David Adams |   2B

Born and raised in the Margate, FL (just outside of Ft. Lauderdale) Adams lettered for three years in basketball and four years in baseball at Grandview Prep, where his father Dale was the baseball coach. He led the county with a .548 batting avg as a sophomore, and was then named team captain and MVP as a senior. He was named third team All-American by the Baseball Coaches Association as a senior, and was listed as a top 30 high school prospect for the 2005 draft by Baseball America, Team One Baseball, and Perfect Game. By all accounts, Adams is the best baseball player in school history.

Adams was also an excellent student, serving as the Student Goverment vice president, winning the school’s Citizenship Award all four years, and being a member of National Honor Society, Student Senate, Beta Club and SADD. He was named a Scholar Athlete all four years of high school. He earned the High School Coaches Award as a sophomore and junior, and also participated in the Perfect Game National Showcase and East Coast Professional Showcase as a junior. A potential second or third round pick out of high school, Adams dropped to the Tigers in the 21st round because of a strong commitment to Virgina. He did not sign, and headed north to Charlottesville.

Expected to take over third base after the Nationals made Ryan Zimmerman the 4th overall pick in the 2005 Draft, head coach Brian O’Connor instead played Adams at second base his freshman year. Starting all 62 games, Adams led the team in runs scored (57) and multi-hit games (25), while finishing second in homers (5) and total bases (105), and third in hits (76) and RBI (49). He hit his first collegiate homerun in the second at-bat of his career, and led the team with 38 hits in conference play. He was named second team Freshman All-American by Baseball America, and first team by Louisville Slugger.

Adams took a major step forward as a sophomore, finishing second on the team in batting avg (.372), OBP (.454), SLG (.522) and OPS (.976). Starting 61 of 62 games, he led the Cavaliers with 84 hits (sixth most in a school history) and 30 multi-hit games. Virginia finished the year ranked 16th in the nation, but they were upset at home by eventual College World Series champs Oregon State in the regionals. Adams did his part, leading the team with a .429 batting avg in the postseason. He was named second team All-ACC and first team All-State by VaSID.

Playing for Falmouth in the Cape Cod League after his sophomore year, Adams led the pitching heavy circuit in doubles (14), while finishing second in hits (51) and triples (3). Baseball America ranked him the 27th best prospect in the league, the fourth middle infielder on the list behind three eventual first round picks.

Named co-captain and third team preseason All-American by Louisville Slugger before his junior year, Adams had a disappointing year and may have succumbed to draftitis. His slash stats dropped roughly a hundred points across the board, although he did post career highs in homers (6), stolen bases (16) and walks (41). Virginia was again ousted in the regionals, and Adams’ Cavalier career came to a disappointing close.

Rated the top prospect in the state and the 102nd overall prospect for the 2008 Draft by Baseball America, the Yankees selected Adams with their third round pick, number 106 overall. He signed quickly for a straight slot bonus of $333,000, and was assigned to Short Season Staten Island.

Pro Debut
The recent history of Baby Bombers’ second basemen is pretty good, with Damon Sublett being one of the best hitters in the league last year after Wilmer Pino posted a respectable .773 OPS in 2006. Adams wasn’t able to continue that trend, although he did have a solid season hitting .257-.350-.393, posting the third highest OPS amongst second basemen in the league. He hit .320-.386-.480 from July 26th through August 12th, raising his batting avg from .222 to .258.

Scouting Report
Adams does several things well but nothing great. He uses a toe tap as a timing mechanism during his swing, which is balanced but not exactly pretty. It works for him, and allows him to make solid contract and spray balls was gap-to-gap. Adams has an advanced approach at the plate and is willing to take a walk if the pitcher doesn’t give him something to hit.

Once thought to be destined for third base, Adams improved his footwork and defensive skills enough that he’ll be able to stay in the middle infield as a pro. His arm strength and accuracy are both average, good enough to allow him to make difficult throws behind the second base bag. He’s an okay runner, probably less than what you’d like out of a middle infielder.

A very instinctual player, Adams’ whole is greater than the sum of the parts. He’s a gamer and a natural leader on the field. He has a good track record with wood bats dating back to his days on the Cape and in high school showcases. Adams could have been considered a fringe first round talent if he was able to repeat his sophomore success at Virginia during his junior year.

You can see his draft video here.

2009 Outlook
An advanced hitter with experience at a major collegiate program, Adams should provide a veteran presence to a talented High-A Tampa team. Justin Snyder will likely shift over to short to accommodate Adams, who is a better long term option at the position.

My Take
I tend to frown upon drafting low upside, high probability college players, so I’m not thrilled with this pick. That said, Adams is a better player and prospect than he gets credit for. He provides solid depth and should rise through the system quickly. He may not hit enough to play every day in the big leagues, but if he develops into a solid bench player, then he would have provided a solid return for the Yanks’ investment.

Jackson named 27th best prospect in baseball
ESPN: Red Sox make Pedroia highest paid player
  • A.D.

    Essentially the Yankees version of Chris Getz?

    • Mike A.

      Pretty much yeah, that’s a real good comp. Adams has more power, but everyone has more power than Getz. Even Gardner.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    He led the county with a .548 batting avg as a sophomore…

    Yeah, yeah. What was his wOBA? You know how much I’m a crazy, non-baseball loving statfreak…

  • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

    ..and was he clutchy?….lol


  • christopher

    Yankees version of Peddroia: The article clearly tells us this:

    “A very instinctual player, Adams’ whole is greater than the sum of the parts. He’s a gamer and a natural leader on the field.”

    he’s got MVP written all over him

    • jsbrendog

      does he have grit? can he be a grit-beard?

  • radnom

    Holly hell, would someone just sign already so we can actually have something to talk about.

  • Reggie C.

    We’re looking for our version of Pedroia. All barbs aside, Pedroia crushed the odds. He wasn’t supposed to win freaking MVPs and carry a championship contending ball club when it lost its biggest slugger.

    All we need is one David Adams type to turn out well for us. Its borderline necessary to see a middle infield type make some headway.

    • Bruno

      True, but a SS not a 2B.

    • Jamal G.

      I’d still take Robinson Cano over Dustin Pedroia. Cano has amassed 50 or more extra-base hits in every season of his four-year career. You point to me how many middle infielders in recent memory who have accomplished that, and started said streak in their age-22 season.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Cano is Dominican, and hence, lazy and undisciplined.

        White >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Dominican

      • Lanny

        Than you would be a total moron. Anyone who says Cano now is brain dead.

    • christopher

      absolutly is because i dont think jeter moves off for a FAsigning. they only move him off SS if he is pushed off by someone in the org.

      don’t know who it was who said it, but it went something like “the hardest thing to do in sports is to manage an aging star” add to that the face of the Yankees and I see him being awefully stubborn in the future especially if it is to move him for a FA who is 30 years old.

      Imagine if Don Mattingly didnt want to retire and pushed it. Think Bernie’s out was bad imagine how Donnie’s would have been and Jete’s will be. Hell he wouldnt move over for the guy who was at the time on his way to being the best SS ever

  • A.D.

    Any chance he could move to SS…. or not likely

    • Bruno

      Was thinking the same thing….

  • Bob Michaels

    A possible replacement for Cano if he continues to regress.

  • RPimpsner

    Justin Snyder is likely to be groomed as a utility player from now on unless an injury occurs. Snyder can easily make it to the Majors as a super utility guy, playing all infield positions and outfield.

  • pat

    Sweet writeup as usual mike . Maybe we see maruszak at short in tampa? Or if they’re real ballsy promote angelini despite his poor season at charleston.

    • Conan the Barack O’Brian

      yeah, hard to see angelini getting that nod. i am curious to know where maruszak starts the year, however.

      with angelini at charleston, maruszak and snyder could platoon SS, or Snyder is truly becoming the util man.

      • pat

        If i had to guess id think marsuzak at ss in tampa lassiter at ss in charleston and angelini at ss in staten island. Again tho, what do i know? The definitive answer- Not very much.

        • Mike Pop

          Haha.. Thats good man.. I had to say it on the last page just cuz it was there to say…

        • Chip

          I’d be surprised if they didn’t let Angelini play at Charleston seeing how it’s a full season league and going down to short season league would be a step down IMO. I’d imagine he’ll go to Tampa with Lassiter in SI and Maruszak in Charleston. Otherwise it would almost have to be an Angelini/Maruszak tandem in Charleston which would possibly hurt both their development by not being able to play everyday at SS. Otherwise maybe they throw Maruszak all the way to Tampa like you said?

    • grinch

      The last two seasons the SS at Stanton Island has been a draftee from that year, and so I tend to think that we see Angelini repeat at short in Charleston; Murszack at short in Tampa; Snyder at second in Tampa; and Adams starting the year at second in Charleston.

  • Ron

    “finishing second on the team in batting avg (.372), OBP (.454), SLG (.522) and OPS (.976).

    Holy crap, who was 1st?

    • Mike A.

      Greg Miclat in BA (.376) and OBP (.486), then Brandon Guyer in SLG (.559) and OPS (.999). Never heard of either one of ’em.

      • Joltin’ Joe

        Were they drafted?

  • Mike Pop

    If Theo had that 102nd pick he would of picked a reincarnation of Mickey Mantle.. DOWN WITH CAZH !

    • Mike Pop


      • Conan the Barack O’Brian

        Oppenheimer for Mayor. Cash for garbage man. Wait, wha’hoppen? Oppen gave the green light? Right, so Oppenheimer for Mayor. Nice pick.

        • christopher

          and gammons for president

  • A.D.

    “Brown also says the Giants have discussed trading Jonathan Sanchez to the Marlins for Jorge Cantu. That’d be a steal for the Marlins, who plucked Cantu off the scrap heap in January for a half-million bucks”

    That has to be a joke

    • Joltin’ Joe

      Poor Cantu, I remember a year ago or so someone was telling me that Cantu’s foot had to be amptutated. I mean, can somebody not lie to/about him for once?!?!?!?!

    • christopher

      not a joke – the giants

  • Miles Roche

    Ha Haaaaaaaaaa!
    It’s that time of year again. Couldn’t have waited much longer. . . .

    Thanks, Mike!

  • Dudeyoyo

    I think is too soon to say he’s going to be a bench player.

    • Joltin’ Joe

      ditto… wasnt Ratboy a 2nd rounder?

  • Infamous

    Wowwwww mike francesa is the biggest idiot i ever heard. He just said that he would trade Hughes AND ajax for Mcclouth without even thinking about it. How the hell is this guy still on the air?

    • Joltin’ Joe

      throw in cano just to make sure

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      You’re listening to him aren’t you?

      • Infamous

        only because i was flippin thru the channels and stopped on yes. I guess i couldnt resist to see what stupid things he was going to say.dam.

      • christopher

        i am actually forced to listen to least he know the player’s names

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          Sad but true.

    • Mike Pop

      He loves McClouth… and that might be an understatement

      • Mike Pop

        He also said he would put Joba in the pen cuz thats where he belongs

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          He also said he doesn’t believe in the existence of dinosaurs.

          Wait, wait, that was Carl Everett, but, still… I wouldn’t put it past Francesa to not believe in the existence of dinorsaurs. I’m just sayin.

          • Mike Pop

            He beleives that when he was 8 aliens took him on their spaceship and anal probed him

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

              … And when it’s all over, say, “Oooh, what a lovely tea party.”

              • Mike Pop


            • yankee21

              That is funny!

          • Mike A.

            Does he still want Bronson Arroyo? That guy has the guts to pitch in the AL East. He doesn’t have the stuff to pitch well in the NL Central, but he ahs the guts for the AL East, and that’s what counts.

    • Jamal G.

      Earlier in this thread I wondered how many middle infielders have amassed 50 or more extra-base hits in the first four years of their Major League careers in recent memory (such as one Robinson Cano); however, I wonder how many guys have done that in Major League history as a second basemen as a 22-year-old in their first Major League season?

      I don’t have a subscription to Baseball-Reference, so I can’t fully delve into the numbers over the course of history, but as a 22-year-old in his first season, what Cano has done up to this point is quite special.

      • Joltin’ Joe

        I don’t have a subscription either, but I am looking at some of the best 2nd basemen of all time to see how they compare.

        First 4 seasons, XBH >= 50 each year

        Hornsby = No
        Morgan = No
        Lazzeri = Yes
        Sandberg = No
        Collins = No
        Lajoie = No

        Pretty special company between him and Tony. Good call Jamal.

        • Mike A.

          Utley’s XBH totals since becoming a full-time player in 2005:

          2005: 73
          2006: 76
          2007: 75
          2008: 78

          Of course he was already 26 by time he got a full-time gig.

          • Jamal G.

            I know, he was the first guy I looked up, that’s why I included the age caveat.

    • Eric

      I honestly do not know. I know it’s fashionable or whatever to take shot at these types of guys but for the life of me, I really can’t remember a single insightful comment he’s made.

  • Joltin’ Joe

    on an unrelated note, is josh fields still eligible to sign with seattle?

    • Jack

      Until next year’s draft, yes.

      • Joltin’ Joe

        i wonder if theyd rather just get the comp pick seeing that it was questionable at the time, and a holdover from a previous administration… hmm

    • A.D.

      I believe so, if they’ve graduate I think it can last until next season or next years draft

  • Mike Pop

    What do you have to go to school for to be a sports broadcaster like him or any of the other guys? Is it called radio broadcasting ?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      He graduated from the Conneticut School of Blowhardology.

      • Mike Pop

        Good school or no ?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I couldn’t get past Guttural Throat Clear 101.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          It’s one of those extra-hard freshman “weed-out” courses.

          Just like Browbeating Your Callers 101 and Refusing to Admit Mistake 101.

  • Jamal G.
    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Good find Jamal. Always impressed with the facts you find.

    • christopher

      did you see the batista video too…I love this one

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        Why the hell is there a brass section playing at that game? Is it Band Camp Night?

      • A.D.

        opposing team is the Swallows… nice

  • Dudeyoyo

    Adams or Sublett?

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