Adams Ranks As The Top Middle Infielder

Do you remember the name of your elementary school principal? Of course you don't. Why would you? Most people will not remember the name, however, for Ryan Adams he still does, and will likely always do. Adams went to Lake Castle elementary school in Louisiana. The principle at the time was Barry Butera, a former Tulane standout, who went on to play five years for the Red Sox Triple-A club. Butera went a long way in keeping Adams, and many other children playing baseball.

Butera built a mini baseball field in the playground of Lake Castle elementary school, and it was there that Adams took his first steps in playing baseball.

"My father got me into the sport, and I have been playing since tee-ball," said Adams. "However, the work that Barry Butera did, helped me a lot."

Adams, who ranks among the top 15 high school players in the nation, plays shortstop and second base, but with his arm strength most scouts view him playing shortstop at the high levels of baseball. Adams has an above average arm at shortstop, and good speed. The senior shortstop, however, is not satisfied with himself at shortstop, and will work this year on improving his footwork at shortstop, and also his arm slot.

The 6'0, 185 pound shortstop left an impression in the heads of scouts this past summer during the AFLAC All-American Classic. In the second inning, he fouled off six straight pitches from Matt Latos, one of the top arms in the nation, in a nine-pitch at bat. In the eighth inning, he drew a walk in an eight pitch at-bat. All together, Adams saw 29 pitches in five plate appearances.

"I see myself as a leadoff hitter or a two-hole hitter down the road," Adams told the Network. "I am a gap-to-gap hitter, that can hit for a high average."

Adams' favorite player is Miguel Tejada, although he did not even try to compare himself to the Orioles shortstop.

"I can't compare myself to him right now. Hopefully later on I can."

Adams did say he could see himself as an Aaron Hill or Khalil Greene type of player at this stage of his career.

The middle infielder has committed to Louisiana State after his high school playing days are over, but before then, he wants to repeat on his State Championship as a Junior.

"LSU is an hour away from my home, and growing up in Louisiana, it was a dream to play for them. The tradition there is outstanding, plus my family can watch me play."

Adams said he is not thinking about the prospectus of the 2006 draft, and just wants to play out his senior season.

"I definitely want to play professional baseball," Adams said, "but my focus right now is getting back to the State Championship."

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