Caleb Adams, Outfielder
HT : 6'0
WT : 185 lb.
DOB : January 26, 1993, Texarkana, Arkansas
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette, Louisiana)
Acquired : Drafted 10th Round (299th overall) of 2014 June Draft
Stock : Rising
Cool Notes : Cousin, Chandler Riggs, who stars in "Walking Bad" congratulated on Twitter upon being drafted / 80-Grade Instagrammer / Dog Lover / Planned to be a lawyer after baseball
This dude has got some nasty pop! Caleb Adams has a lot of talents. He's smart, can fish, but what he's really good at? Baseball. Coming right out of the College World Series, Adams jumped into the Angels farm system and turned some heads. The Angels nabbed him up in the 10th round of this past draft, and he could have gotten a nice steal when they got him.
Adams was drafted for his power potential. This comes from natural torque through his swing which creates loads of power. He uses this to hit the ball hard to all parts of the field. With this also comes swing and miss concerns, that the Angels hope will go away with coaching.
Adams has an aggressive approach at the plate, but has an improving eye. In college, he was able to recognize pitches slightly better, but has shown early in his professional career that he has the capability to put the ball in play well, and draw long at bats with good discipline.
Adams is also a very aggressive player on the field. He grinds through all plays, and is not afraid to go after the ball slightly beyond his reach and bring it in. This is a plus, with a solid glove and plus speed.
Adams dominated the college level at Lafayette, putting up a .339/.435/.651 slash his first year, scoring 49 runs and bringing in 55 with his bat. This was mostly boasted by his 16 home runs, good enough for ninth in the nation. This helped put Adams in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.
Adams' game changed slightly in his final year of college, knocking the power numbers down by a small amount with 11 home runs and 42 runs batted in, but his contact improved by loads, posting a .381/.502/.673 slash. Adams has the second best OPS (on base percentage + slugging percentage) in the nation, at 1.175.
Adams first taste of professional baseball exposed some of the flaws in his game, but he was still able to excel in Rookie Ball, posting a .252/.325/.414 slash with 37 runs scored and 28 runs batted in.
Adams was streaky in his first year of pro ball, scoring in eight straight games from the end of June to the beginning of July. In that stretch, in the final six games, Adams went 9-for-23, with three walks, seven runs scored, nine runs batted in, and home runs in three straight games.
Adams also had a strong middle August, having a four game stretch where he reached base in 11 of 16 plate appearances.
Adams is still young and had some things he needs to fix before jumping into the Class-A affiliates. However, this doesn't hold us back from believing a strong Spring Training outing could change the mind of scouts and organizational members, and he could just as easily land in Burlington in 2015.
Adams' has Major League boom, and that could help him make the Majors. There is no estimated time of arrival to the Majors yet for Adams though, as most have not seen enough of him to have an estimation.
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Taylor Blake Ward is a Senior Publisher for InsideTheHalos.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.