HT: 6-0 WT: 195 POS: 2B
Aberdeen Ironbirds - (67 G, 246 AB, .236/.296/.329)
Ryan Adams was regarded as a potential first round talent heading into the 2006 draft, but he fell to the second round after losing much of his senior season to Hurricane Katrina. After a promising pro debut last season, Adam flopped this year in short-season Aberdeen.
Adams projects to hit for gap power, but his top offensive weapon is his excellent hand-eye coordination. It came as a surprise that he had so much trouble hitting for contact, including 63 strikeouts in 67 games. Adams did make some progress as the year developed, hitting .250/.313/409 in the second half. He has average speed on the basepaths.
Adams was a shortstop in high school, but the Orioles immediately shifted him to second base as a professional. The position is more suited to his actions and range, which would be stretched on the left side of the infield. He mae 20 errors in 67 games, but that number should go down with experience. Adams did, however, look very promising at times in Aberdeen, making a few highlight reel plays. Long-term, Adams is probably an average second baseman, whose bat will have to carry him to the major leagues.
At 20 years old, Adams has all the tools to succeed and has rarely struggled while playing baseball in his life. Like many young professionals, he seemed to have some difficulty taking instruction, which only led to further frustration. Brandon Snyder experienced something similar in his second professional season and came out of it just fine. The Orioles hope the same happens for Adams, who will start 2008 in low-A Delmarva.
So far, nobody should be complaining about the investment made in this 27th round pick.
Michael Hollman is the Senior Writer for Inside The Warehouse and can be reached via e-mail at Publisher@InsideTheWarehouse.com