Prospect Countdown #26 : Caleb Adams

Top 100 Los Angeles Angels' Prospects Countdown, #26 : Outfielder, Caleb Adams (photo : Jerry Espinoza)

Caleb Adams, Outfielder

HT : 5'10
WT : 185
DOB : January 26, 1993 (23), Texarkana, Arkansas
Throws : Right
Bats : Right
School : University of Louisiana-Lafayette (Lafayette, LA)
Acquired : Drafted in 10th Round of 2014 MLB Draft
Last Year's Ranking : #82


The Los Angeles Angels have need outfield depth in their system for some time and found a draft eligible sophomore to take care of that need in the 2014 Draft when they selected Caleb Adams. In a mix of speed, defense and power, Adams has the raw tools to polish out and become a Major Leaguer in the near future. Maybe not just a utility piece as comes expected with Angels prospects, but an actual every day guy with Major League tools.


SCOUTING REPORT:

Adams has shown strong signs of polish at the plate as an experienced hitter. He has quick hands and creates a high load of torque with his strong upper body, creating power. He uses his lower half and hands in unison to produces good barrel contact, but trades off some contact marks for power when torquing himself.

There is some uppercut and loft to Adams' swing, which also contributes to his power and swing-and-miss, but this should improve as he corrects his bat plane. He's shown strong adjustments, which could result in the Angels having a solid power hitting right-handed hitter in their system.

Adams' brings an aggressive approach to the plate with him. He has shown discipline in pitch selection the past few seasons. There is still desire to cut Adams' strikeout rates down, which should come with development and him adapting to his compact style and potential compact swing.

Aggression is a great word for Adams as he takes that to the field with him as well. He has a keen knowledge of the game, and uses that in the field well. He is a natural outfielder with the ability to play all three positions, backed with a strong arm.

Adams has above-average speed, using his lower half to gain quick strides. This comes primarily from his athleticism. All around, Adams is about as sure a thing as it could get and should play out as a fourth outfielder at worst, with some potential to become an average every day outfielder.

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STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN:

Adams could not have been more impressive in his two years at UL-Lafayette, batting .362/.472/.663 with 27 doubles, eight triples, 27 home runs, 116 runs scored and 97 RBI. In his sophomore year, Adams hit .381, reaching base in over half of his plate appearances and finishing the year with a 1.175 OPS. In his freshman year, Adams hit 16 home runs, and picked up 55 RBI in 56 games.

In his first professional season, Adams had his ups and down, batting .252/.325/.414 on the year with seven home runs. He did find a hot streak in July though, batting .312 with a .925 OPS. He homered in three straight games at one point and picked up hits in 19 of his 24 games, with 10 going for multiple hits.

Last season, Adams split time between both Single-A affiliates, hitting .298/.390/.428 with 21 doubles, eight triples and seven home runs. He kicked things off well with Low-A Burlington and finished strong with High-A Inland Empire. In his first 25 games, Adams hit .359 with a .950 OPS. In his final 37 games, he hit .326 with a .912 OPS and nine doubles.

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EXPECTED FUTURE:

Adams proved he's at the same talent level as High-A pitchers, which should in return show a promotion to Double-A for the 2016 season. The zone will get smaller and pitchers will be better, which will give Adams a good chance at developing his patience against top notch pitching.

Though he's a distance away from the Majors, Adams has expressed the tools to be an every day outfielder at the Major League level. There's a lot to show, but at worst, Adams should fall to the fourth outfielder category, which isn't a bad ceiling to fall to.



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This article was published by Taylor Blake Ward, who serves as a Senior Publisher for Scout.com, and can be found on Twitter, @TaylorBlakeWard.



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