Prospect Profile: David Adams


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.

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  1. A.D. says:

    Essentially the Yankees version of Chris Getz?

  2. 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…

  3. Scott of 3 Kids Tickets says:

    ..and was he clutchy?….lol


  4. christopher says:

    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

  5. radnom says:

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

  6. Reggie C. says:

    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 says:

      True, but a SS not a 2B.

    • Jamal G. says:

      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.

    • christopher says:

      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

  7. A.D. says:

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

  8. Bob Michaels says:

    A possible replacement for Cano if he continues to regress.

  9. RPimpsner says:

    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.

  10. pat says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

        • Chip says:

          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 says:

      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.

  11. Ron says:

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

    Holy crap, who was 1st?

  12. Mike Pop says:

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

  13. A.D. says:

    “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

  14. Miles Roche says:

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

    Thanks, Mike!

  15. Dudeyoyo says:

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

  16. Infamous says:

    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?

  17. Joltin' Joe says:

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

  18. Mike Pop says:

    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 ?

  19. Dudeyoyo says:

    Adams or Sublett?

  20. [...] 20. David Adams, 2B, 21 From the looks of it I’m the only one with any real expectations for Adams. The former Cape Cod League doubles champ didn’t take that expected big step forward as a junior at Virginia and went from a potential late first round pick to third rounder. Adams isn’t as dynamic a hitter as the oft-injured Damon Sublett, but he’s better defensively and has a better all around game. He can handle himself all over the infield, and his strong track record with wood bats suggests he could develop into a solid hitter if he finds the stroke that made him one of the nation’s best middle infielders as a sophomore in 2007. I guess I’m just optimistic. Adams will probably start 2009 with Low-A Charleston, but he’s just another Sublett injury from a High-A Tampa assignment. [...]

  21. [...] 4, 4 K, - yikes Brandon Laird: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 K Seth Fortenberry: 0 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K David Adams: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 1 K - you gotta love the ~.375 OBP this year Kevin Smith & Walk Ibarra: both 0 [...]

  22. [...] Romine, Adams is easily my favorite player to keep tab on in Trenton. According to Mike’s Prospect Profile of Adams, the second baseman was rated as the top prospect in Virginia and the 102nd best overall [...]

  23. [...] far as what Lee was going to cost, Sweeney Murti said it would be a package of Jesus Montero, David Adams and Zack McAllister. Three-plus months of service from Lee for one of the best prospects and two [...]

  24. [...] far as what Lee was going to cost, Sweeney Murti said it would be a package of Jesus Montero, David Adams and Zack McAllister. Three-plus months of service from Lee for one of the best prospects and two [...]

  25. [...] Jeter, Austin Romine, Ramiro Pena, Justin Maxwell, and David Adams all took some form of batting practice. Adams’ ankle survived the ordeal. (McCarron & [...]

  26. [...] all threw yesterday, so today was featured all of the minor leaguers and non-roster invitees. David Adams, Justin Maxwell, and Andruw Jones were the only non-catchers to hit. All three are coming off some [...]

  27. [...] RF Cole Garner, and DH Justin Maxwell will replace the starters. C Jose Gil, C J.R. Murphy, IF David Adams, IF Doug Bernier, OF Zoilo Almonte, and OF Melky Mesa all made the trip and are available if [...]

  28. [...] taking some ground balls at the hot corner yesterday, 2B David Adams is lined up to play third in tomorrow’s game. What that means as far as him potentially coming up [...]

  29. [...] the year in the Triple-A bullpen while Mark Montgomery will be one notch down in Double-A. Nix and David Adams provide infield depth while I guess Melky Mesa is first in line for outfield [...]

  30. [...] In 2014: David Adams, Zoilo Almonte, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral, Cody Eppley, Ramon Flores, Corban [...]

  31. [...] David Adams: Man of the people. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) [...]

  32. [...] every five days. When Pettitte returns, the Yankees are likely to demote a position player — David Adams seems most likely now that his bat has cooled off — and get back to a normal 13 position players, [...]

  33. [...] bases loaded. A few pitches later Santana tied the game with a hard-hand ground ball that ate up David Adams at third and hopped into the stands for a two-run ground-rule [...]

  34. [...] David Adams The signs were there, we just didn’t want to see them. The Yankees released the 26-year-old Adams in Spring Training …read more [...]

  35. [...] Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees are planning to non-tender Jayson Nix, Matt Daley, and David Adams prior to tonight’s deadline. Nix was projected to earn $1.4M through arbitration while Daley [...]

  36. [...] Brian Cashman confirmed the Yankees are planning to non-tender Jayson Nix, Matt Daley, and David Adams prior to tonight’s deadline. Nix was projected to earn $1.4M through arbitration while Daley [...]

  37. [...] players joined the free agent pool at midnight last night — including three Yankees (David Adams, Jayson Nix, Matt Daley) — when the non-tender deadline came and went. Here’s the full [...]

  38. […] around Robinson Cano on a daily basis. That’s how guys like Thomas Neal, Ben Francisco, David Adams, Brennan Boesch, and Zoilo Almonte wound up starting games as high as fifth in the order. Alfonso […]

  39. […] establish himself as a big leaguer was Adam Warren, who spent the year as the swingman. Guys like David Adams, Preston Claiborne, and Zoilo Almonte got off to hot starts, but they all tailed off once they were […]

  40. […] surgery and LHP Nik Turley was released. Turley could be re-signed to a minor league contract a la David Adams last year. Also, OF Aaron Judge was included in the “In The Team Photo” section of this […]

  41. […] a few weeks ago to clear room on the roster for Chris Leroux. This is basically a repeat of the David Adams situation last spring, when he was released then re-signed …. Read Full […]

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