Feinsand: Yankees plan to call up David Adams on Wednesday

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Via Mark Feinsand: The Yankees are planning to call up infielder David Adams this coming Wednesday, the first day he is eligible to be added to the big league roster after being released and re-signing to a minor league contract last month. The team will give him a chance to play third base everyday.

Adams, 25, is hitting .314/.404/.477 (153 wRC+) with two homers and 99 plate appearances for Triple-A Scranton this year. He’s been a full-time third baseman since last July, but he came up as a second baseman and even spent some time at first this year. Although Ben Francisco seems like the obvious candidate to lose his roster spot, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees cut Chris Nelson in favor of Adams instead. Kevin Youkilis has just started working out in Tampa according to Chad Jennings, so he isn’t close to returning. Pretty great opportunity for Adams, who I ranked as the team’s 18th best prospect before the season.

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  • Raza

    Can’t be any worse than either Nix/Nelson at 3B…

  • Randy

    Please cut Francisco. He has been completely worthless. At least Nelson has looked competent at the plate.

    • The Real Me

      Francisco has looked lost in the field and at the plate. I was able to watch him live for 2 games in Denver. Between his defense and offense, I see no value in him. Nelson can play defense adequately and maybe he’s beginning to get his timing down at the plate. He adds some versatility and maybe he’ll be able to hit .240 – .250, which I doubt Francisco will do. Cut Ben, keep Chris.

      • mitch

        They’re both going to be gone soon enough, but i’d also prefer to keep Nelson for the time being

  • Preston

    I’m looking forward to seeing Adams get a chance. He’s had a rough path with all of the injuries. Hopefully Nunez can get healthy too so we don’t have to have Jayson Nix start everyday.

    • trr

      so we don’t have to have Jayson Nix start XXXXXXX anyday
      there, I fixed it for you

      • Preston

        I don’t hate Jayson Nix the way some people do. He’s a perfectly adequate backup infielder. It’s not easy to field adequately at 3B, SS, and 2B and it’s a special skill to be able to move from one difficult position to another difficult position seamlessly. He just has no business starting everyday.

        • vicki

          as usual, preston: this.

        • WhittakerWalt

          I have it on very good authority that Jayson Nix is a baseball player.

  • YankeesJunkie

    I have always enjoyed David Adams as prospect when he has been able to stay healthy he has been an extremely effective hitter at every level he has played. Last year he posted a 133 wRC+ in AA over nearly 300 PAs and I would not be surprised if he can be a league average or slightly above league average hitter when he comes to the majors. The defense is what will get him in trouble.

  • jim p

    Adams bats righty? Good to have someone around who can spell Cano now and then, too.

    • Laz

      I don’t think he will be at 2B much. His bad ankle injury really hurt his mobility.

      • Samuel

        Considering his ankle injury Adams’ range is not that bad, and he does turn a pretty good double play.

        Last year during pivots he stayed in at the bag strong, never fearing for his prior injured ankle.

        Strong bat, good gap power, tremendous eye at the plate. Doesn’t chase many bad pitches.

  • Kosmo

    Yanks might favor Nelson over Francisco. He gives NY some degree of insurance in case Adams bombs and/or when Youkilis returns.

  • nsalem

    I;d be shocked if Francisco isn’t the guy to go. Even if he stayed he would be going in the next week when Granderson comes back. I love Adams and want him to succeed but it hasn’t been established that he can play third base every day. Look what happened when they tried it with Nunez. I think they can handle it for a week or two (until Grandy comes back, to go with four outfielders. Hafner’s great, but his inability to play a position really puts a strain on bench depth.

  • radnom

    Mike claimed in the chat that:

    “it obviously worked out”

    regarding Adam’s release.

    Its not so obvious to me that reclaiming Adam’s 40 man spot for a month was worth the gamble of not having the team’s top 3B insurance available for a big chunk of the early season. Looks even worse since obviously that gamble didn’t work out.

    • radnom

      Not mentioning the real potential of losing the player from the organization.

      Not the end of the world, but I can’t see how anyone could consider the Adam’s release a win.

      • Travis L.

        Because they didn’t lose him. That’s why its a win. They got the 40 man spot they needed at the time and didn’t lose the player. Quit thinking your “what ifs” actually came true. They didn’t, move on.

        • radnom

          >Because they didn’t lose him. That’s why its a win.

          So getting that extra 40 man spot for a month was worth 2 weeks now with no reasonable replacement for Youkilis.

          My point was that it was a bad move even without considering the possibility of losing the player.

          • Travis L.

            The team is still winning though, even without “a reasonable replacement”. And there isnt anything that says that Adams will be anything better than Nix at third. He may be nervous and flub a few plays or not carry over the successful offense that he has in AAA, you just never know. They thought they could make it until at least May 15 before losing Youk to the inevitable injury, they were wrong, but the move still isn’t a loss. No harm, no foul.

        • Greg C

          Exactly. It’s a win because of how it actually turned out, not all the other possible outcomes that didn’t happen.

          Plus, look at the W-L and standings. I don’t see how anyone could say having Adams for that short period of time would have resulted in more wins compared to the fill-in options. It worked out.

      • nsalem

        When Mike said “it obviously worked out”, I would imagine he was referring to the current Yankee record which has exceeded expectations. I also believe there was a mutual verbal agreement in place that Adams would stay with the organization upon his release. Maybe over time we will learn the full truth about that incident.

        • radnom

          He was referring to not losing Adams. My contention is that it was a bad move even without considering that possibility.

          The team’s current record, while encouraging, is not a good basis to judge if a minor roster move was good or bad. Surely you agree?

          • Travis L.

            Who was he cleared for? That could make a difference.

            • nsalem

              Not sure I think it was Overbay. I think Adams was DFA’d on the 26th which was around when we picked up Lyle.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              The day he was released, Dan Otero and Vernon Wells were added to the 40-man roster, while Cabral was shifted to the 60-day DL and Adams was released.

              • Travis L.

                In that case, it was a good move. We got Wells, and kept Adams.

          • nsalem

            If they knew they were getting him back (which I believe) and all that was lost was Adams not being available to the parent club for 6 weeks, I think it was a great move. The teams current record is quite encouraging and the success of their dumpster diving (except in the case of Francisco) leads me to believe that this team is in competent hands. Very few teams could have overcome what we lost, with the ability to keep their heads above water for a 20% chunk of the season. The Jays lost a couple of guys they were depending on and look what happened to them.

          • Preston

            You’re assuming Adam’s would have been brought up significantly sooner. He was injured, the guy needed to get healthy and get right. Getting 24 games at AAA to mash and get his timing right isn’t a bad thing, it might be exactly what he needed to succeed at the big league level.

      • Steve (different one)

        I am 99.9% sure the Yankees and Adams had agreed to resign BEFORE they released him. It just makes too much sense.

        Also, Adams was hurt in ST, so he was going to need some time in the minors which would eat up a chunk of the 6 weeks. It was a calculated gamble that worked out fine.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      was worth the gamble of not having the team’s top 3B insurance available

      I think at the time of his release, they considered Musty ahead of Adams, especially considering Musty was still getting pt in big league camp(some at 3B) at that point, while Adams wasn’t. I don’t think they considered Adams there top 3B insurance at the time.
      That Adams wasn’t eligible only became an issue because:
      1) Adams got/stayed healthy enough to have a good start to the season
      2) Jeter had a setback
      3) Youkilis had his injury during the specific window that Adams would be unavailable, and
      4) Musty’s injury forced a very late start to the season, making him a non-option in the interim

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wait…if Nunez is almost back (probably today or tomorrow) and Adams is going to get a chance play 3rd everyday…that means the man Suzyn Waldman described as “valuable as anybody on this team the first month and a half of the season,” and the man John Sterling said he has “The best .224[batting average] he’s ever seen,” in Jayson Nix, who is a PROFESSIONAL BALL PLAYER, won’t be an everyday player anymore. There is no way Girardi lets that happen!!!!

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Wait. I sense sarcasm.

      Hmmm. :)

  • qwerty

    When Youk is ready to come off the DL I want adams moved to first. Overbay has done ok, but I want some of our prospects actually playing for this instead of aging journeymen.

    • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

      Overbay has not just done OK, he has basically revived his career. I love Adams as much as the next guy but he can’t provide what Overbay has done for this team so far. It may not continue, but if it does there is absolutely no justification for benching him in favor of Adams at a position Adams has never played.

      • Travis L.

        This.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Maybe if Adams can handle ML pitching he can spell Loverbay vs LHP at first if/when Youk comes back.

      • qwerty

        Fine, move Youk to first and let Adams stay at third. Has anyone considered that if Adams can hit at the major league level like he does in AAA then the yankees may not need to re-sign Cano for 10 years at 270 million? If the yankees are going to find out whether Adams can be a legitimate player it has to be now, and no washed up first baseman should be stopping the yankees from exploring that.

    • Kosmo

      Overbay is 2nd on the team in RBI, has gotten key base hits and has played good D. What more do you want ? When Youk returns he´ll platoon at 1st with Overbay vs. LHP and play 3rd vs. RHP. In the meantime Adams gets a chance to prove he can hit and play an OK 3B. I doubt he gets more than a few reps at 1B. I have no idea how this all shakes down when Tex returns.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        If Adams does well, it’s possible they could keep him around to play 3B vs. LHP, as well as give Cano, and especially Youk occasional days off. Not sure if they’d use him over Nix in that role though. I suppose they could instead use Adams as RHDH instead of Francisco as well. Hopefully he gets off to a good start so he has a better chance to stick around.

    • MC

      “Overbay has done ok”

      Quite the statement for my Saturday reading! The dude has been a fantastic addition and bravo to Cashman for moving quickly once the Red Sox released him. He seems like a real good guy too. I imagine the Yanks hold on to him for a bit even after Teixeria returns just in case there are any issues with his progress or re injury.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      To paraphrase, qwerty would like to lose more ballgames.

  • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

    I’m really looking forward to watching Adams play. He’s been such a good hitter in the minors I hope it transfers to the majors. The kid deserves a shot after all he has been through.

    • Travis L.

      Double This.

    • Bavarian Yankee

      true but his bat doesn’t really profile for a corner spot. Well below average power. Could be a nice bench player but I guess they’ll just DFA him once Youk returns (he doesn’t have any options left, right?).

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        He does have options left. He was added to the 40-man roster prior to 2012, so this would be only his second option year.

        • Bavarian Yankee

          so he has 1 option left? If he was added prior to 2012 he was sent down from ST camp to the minors twice, right?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Looks like he definitely used his first option in 2012.
            I’m not sure if he technically used an option yet this year. He’s listed as having been optioned in early March, but then he was released before opening day, so I’m not sure if it counts or not (probably not).
            If he’s optioned later this year (or if his ST send down counts as an option), then 2013 uses his second option, and he’d still have another option remaining beyond this season.

      • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

        Power at 3B is overrated. He also plays second, and Cano hasn’t been re-signed yet. He could also be a Michael Young type at 3B. I’d take that any day for the low price he’ll cost.

  • CONservative governMENt

    Very happy for Adams. Just accruing some major league service time is nice for him professionally and financially, but here’s hoping he does enough to stick. Would love to see CoJo at some point also.

    • Kosmo

      I don´t foresee CoJo getting any playing time. He has at least 5 things pitted against him. 1) he can´t hit LHP 2) he´s only at best an adequate defensive 2b 3) is inexperienced at any other position. 4) he´s not really very good 5) Cano

      • Preston

        If Adams doesn’t hit and Youk doesn’t get healthy they may give him a chance at 3b despite the defensive concerns.

        • Kosmo

          I doubt it, NY doesn´t need another LH bat especially one that has received virtually no playing time at 3B plus his inability to hit LHP. CoJo would make more sense as a trade chip in a bigger package for a desired piece.

          • Preston

            Most pitchers are RH, so being a lefty especially in Yankee stadium is an advantage, not a disadvantage. They’d just platoon him with Nix. He played plenty of 3b in ST, although I guess the fact that he hasn’t played there so far in AAA means they weren’t overly impressed.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              He looked pretty awful in the games I saw him at 3B.
              And yeah, it seems like the Yankees have given up on the idea of CoJo at 3B.
              I think Musty would be next in line after Adams at this point.

              • Preston

                I didn’t think Musty looked any better at the hot corner than CoJo. I’ve never seen Adams play 3b, but he’s the only one of the three that scouts have said looked like a long term fit there.

  • sweet loud

    Who was better defensively at first the Giambino or Sir Hafner?

    • Preston

      Giambi was an adequate first baseman who got progressively worse as he got older, even in 2008 he wasn’t unplayable, he just wasn’t good. Hafner was a butcher even when he was young, he’s never made more than 42 starts at 1b in his career and he hasn’t played a game in the field since 2007.

      • sweet loud

        Thank you preston.

  • There’s the Door

    Eager to see what Adams can do. Nothing healthier for a team than finding good players within the organization. And if it turns out he stinks at this level, then at least you know that.

  • SeventhAce

    So Nunez @ SS, Adams @ 3B, Nix @ Bench ???

  • fabricio

    whatever happens with adams if he fails to hit in bigs we have other guys to try out theres always musty

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Very happy for Adams. I remember him and Mesa well at the lone SI Yankees game I’ve been to in my life. Rooting for him to do well.

    If he’s able to be adequate at all these positions, and shows he can do well with the bat in the majors, he’ll make for a nice sub at the corners these next few years.

    • vicki

      you’ll go more when the varmint gets older. it’s great diversion for kids.

  • FLYER7

    Why play Adams at 1B vs LHP when Youk returns? Just play Youk there. Y do people want people to play multiple positions to increase their versatility when it is not necessary lmao?

  • vicki

    i’m sad to say i don’t think they dfa ben francisco until grandy joins the big team, unless nuney’s health is a concern. else boesch is the only backup outfielder. (although there has been a bit of quiet chatter about nix’s flexibility extending to the outfield.)

  • adjusts batting gloves

    Just to give a comparative idea of how completely batsh– internet crazy this David Adams hysteria is, here are some of Chris Nelson’s stats from both minors and majors: last year, in 377 MLB ABs, he hit .301 with 21 dbls and 9hr, an .810 OPS, and a not good 27/84 bb/k split. In two fullish AAA seasons, i.e. over 300AB, Nelson’s OPS were .868 and .913, with 12 and 11hrs. David Adams has never played a full season anywhere above AA. Like all Yankee fans, I hope Adams comes up and rakes, but all those people crying over Cashman waving him in ST should ask themselves how they’d respond if David Adams was called Chris Nelson and wound up on your team in a backup infielder role. You’d be irrationally excited based on his minor league plus one full MLB season production. And yet RAB fans view Nelson, rightly, as a fill-in, scrub, replacement level or worse type player. Why do you think Adams will be any better, and why do you think the Yankees shouldn’t have removed a 25 year old with zero AAA abs before this year from their 40 man roster?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      The easy, and rather obvious, move would have been to just put Tex on the 60-day DL.
      That said, I mostly agree, really NBD.

    • Preston

      Nelson’s OPS doesn’t take into account park factors. His impressive line from 2012 was only slightly above league average and for his career he is significantly below league average. Even in the minors he was only 20% better than league average. In 2010 Adams had a monster season at AA, then the injuries hit and he hasn’t been able to play. Last year he finally got healthy and had another really solid showing at AA, he’s followed that up with a hot start at AAA, he is an older prospect but that is because of the injury not lack of productivity. There are plenty of reasons for optimism.

  • vicki

    wainwright’s no-hitting the rockies throught 7.

    and another off-topic note. among the indignities suffered by the a’s since they took the series from the yanks on my birthday: the oft-recapped atrocious umpiring of angel hernandez, getting dominated by scott kazmir (!) (10K; we see him monday), and losing five in a row, most recently to the m’s. now that’s a bad week.

  • NY Larry

    There has been a lot of good debate here on Adams and how to use him. Personally I’d like to see him given a legitimate chance to be the regular at 3B until Youk makes it back. I’d also like to see Musty brought up and be the RH DH and play a little outfield even when Grandy comes back. He can’t possibly suck as bad as Francisco. Stash Boesch at AAA to be used as needed. Cashman’s dumpster diving: Wells and Overbay – thumbs up and Boesch and Francisco – thumbs down.