Scouting Yankees Prospect #10: David Adams

The Yankees drafted second baseman David Adams in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of the University of Virginia. A fractured ankle early in the 2010 season helps disguise the fact that he had been arguably the Yankees most consistent hitter among the prospects for nearly a year and half.

Vital Statistics:
Name: David Adams
Position: Second Base
DOB: May 15, 1987
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

He was continuing his coming out party that started in 2009 where he became one of the better prospects [hitting a combined .286 with 40 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs, and eleven stolen bases between low-A Charleston and high-A Tampa that year] by leading the Eastern League in several categories before he went down with a season-ending injury on May 22nd.

"I went to slide in to break up a double-play and I slid right into the guy's foot," Adams recounted. "I thought I twisted my ankle. It felt like I just jammed it into his foot.

"It's an impact injury, that's the way the doctor described it. Basically I collided with him. It's basically a small bone in between two other bones. The bones pressed together, causing a fracture."

He had surgery remove some bone fragments in his ankle that he had fractured, ending what had the appearance of being another stellar season.

"It was a great year," he said. "I made the most of it while I was there, that's for sure. It's one thing to be hurt and have your team out early, but it's another thing when your team is in the championship and you don't get to be there to support them at all.

"That was the toughest thing for me, knowing my team was in the championship and there's nothing I can do to help them out. It was a good year all and all, but I wish I could have been there a little longer I guess."

He made the most of his time when healthy, however, hitting .309 with 21 extra-base hits, 18 walks, 31 runs scored in 39 games, all while posting a remarkable .900 OPS as a middle infielder.

"I spent last offseason trying to better every aspect of my game," he said. "I feel like that's what all baseball players, all athletes, need to do. There's always room to improve and if you feel like there's never anymore room to improve then you become complacent and satisfied, and somebody's going to take your job.

"I went into last offseason thinking I had a lot to improve on. I worked hard and got a lot accomplished. I came in [to last season], I felt, prepared."

The consummate teammate who only cares about winning and not his own personal success, the prognosis is Adams should be back on the field healthy in 2011 and he's looking to pick up right where he left off.

"Once you get to Double-A or Triple-A, everybody is good enough to play at the next level. I think it's just a matter of being consistent, that's the key. I felt like I was consistent [last] year.

"There's no other way I can do it or should do it. I'm going to give everything I've got and leave everything out there [on the field]. Whatever happens after that is out of my control."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2010 Trenton .309 152 15 3 32 31 5 18 31 .393 .507
2009 Tampa .281 231 17 7 41 37 3 26 39 .360 .498
2009 Charleston .290 259 23 0 34 32 8 35 49 .385 .394
2008 Staten Island .257 257 19 4 31 45 8 32 57 .350 .393


Batting and Power. Adams hasn't done it yet for a whole season, but he has everything in place to be a perennial .300+ hitter; great strike zone discipline, above average bat speed, a short and compact swing, an extremely patient approach, and an ability to consistently get the barrel of the bat on the ball. He also has that innate ability to balance being aggressive and being patient at the right times. Throw in his above average power potential to all fields for a middle infielder, he has an impact bat, plain and simple.

Base Running and Speed. Built a bit like a fire hydrant, Adams isn't all that fast but what he lacks in natural speed he compensates with an aggressive running style and intelligence on the bath paths. He should be a double-digit stolen base threat annually.

Defense. Adams has transformed himself from a suspect defensive second baseman into an above average one, mostly because of his tireless work ethic. He has good range, an above average arm for a second baseman, and solid hands. He has made the most progress improving his footwork, positioning himself better in the field, and he is one of the best at turning the double-play pivots.

Projection. Adams is as solid as they get at the second base position. While he doesn't have the one plus physical tool, he is just so good at everything that he virtually has no major flaws in his game. He did play some third base in college and he's athletic enough to potentially play some outfield if need be, giving him enough versatility to be a bench player down the road if there's a need, but his bat has the chance to be pretty special at the second base position. He projects best as a big league starting second baseman and he has future All Star potential if his game stays on track.

ETA. 2012. Adams would have been a guarantee to start the 2011 season in Triple-A Scranton had he stayed healthy. He still has a shot to break there though because his game is that refined at this point.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\r\nName: David Adams
\r\nPosition: Second Base
\r\nDOB: May 15, 1987
\r\nHeight: 6'2\"
\r\nWeight: 210
\r\nBats: Right
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\nHe was continuing his coming out party that started in 2009 where he became one of the better prospects [hitting a combined .286 with 40 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs, and eleven stolen bases between low-A Charleston and high-A Tampa that year] by leading the Eastern League in several categories before he went down with a season-ending injury on May 22nd.
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\r\n\"I went to slide in to break up a double-play and I slid right into the guy's foot,\" Adams recounted. \"I thought I twisted my ankle. It felt like I just jammed it into his foot.
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\r\n\"It's an impact injury, that's the way the doctor described it. Basically I collided with him. It's basically a small bone in between two other bones. The bones pressed together, causing a fracture.\"
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\r\nHe had surgery remove some bone fragments in his ankle that he had fractured, ending what had the appearance of being another stellar season.
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\r\n\"It was a great year,\" he said. \"I made the most of it while I was there, that's for sure. It's one thing to be hurt and have your team out early, but it's another thing when your team is in the championship and you don't get to be there to support them at all.
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\r\n\"That was the toughest thing for me, knowing my team was in the championship and there's nothing I can do to help them out. It was a good year all and all, but I wish I could have been there a little longer I guess.\"
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\r\nHe made the most of his time when healthy, however, hitting .309 with 21 extra-base hits, 18 walks, 31 runs scored in 39 games, all while posting a remarkable .900 OPS as a middle infielder.
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\r\n\"I spent last offseason trying to better every aspect of my game,\" he said. \"I feel like that's what all baseball players, all athletes, need to do. There's always room to improve and if you feel like there's never anymore room to improve then you become complacent and satisfied, and somebody's going to take your job.
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\r\n\"I went into last offseason thinking I had a lot to improve on. I worked hard and got a lot accomplished. I came in [to last season], I felt, prepared.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe consummate teammate who only cares about winning and not his own personal success, the prognosis is Adams should be back on the field healthy in 2011 and he's looking to pick up right where he left off.
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\r\n\"Once you get to Double-A or Triple-A, everybody is good enough to play at the next level. I think it's just a matter of being consistent, that's the key. I felt like I was consistent [last] year.
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\r\n\"There's no other way I can do it or should do it. I'm going to give everything I've got and leave everything out there [on the field]. Whatever happens after that is out of my control.\"
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SO

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OBP

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SLG

\r\n 2010\r\n Trenton\r\n .309\r\n 152\r\n 15\r\n 3\r\n 32\r\n 31\r\n 5\r\n 18\r\n 31\r\n .393\r\n .507
\r\n 2009\r\n Tampa\r\n .281\r\n 231\r\n 17\r\n 7\r\n 41\r\n 37\r\n 3\r\n 26\r\n 39\r\n .360\r\n .498
\r\n 2009\r\n Charleston\r\n .290\r\n 259\r\n 23\r\n 0\r\n 34\r\n 32\r\n 8\r\n 35\r\n 49\r\n .385\r\n .394
\r\n 2008\r\n Staten Island\r\n .257\r\n 257\r\n 19\r\n 4\r\n 31\r\n 45\r\n 8\r\n 32\r\n 57\r\n .350\r\n .393

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\r\nBatting and Power. Adams hasn't done it yet for a whole season, but he has everything in place to be a perennial .300+ hitter; great strike zone discipline, above average bat speed, a short and compact swing, an extremely patient approach, and an ability to consistently get the barrel of the bat on the ball. He also has that innate ability to balance being aggressive and being patient at the right times. Throw in his above average power potential to all fields for a middle infielder, he has an impact bat, plain and simple.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. Built a bit like a fire hydrant, Adams isn't all that fast but what he lacks in natural speed he compensates with an aggressive running style and intelligence on the bath paths. He should be a double-digit stolen base threat annually.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Adams has transformed himself from a suspect defensive second baseman into an above average one, mostly because of his tireless work ethic. He has good range, an above average arm for a second baseman, and solid hands. He has made the most progress improving his footwork, positioning himself better in the field, and he is one of the best at turning the double-play pivots.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. Adams is as solid as they get at the second base position. While he doesn't have the one plus physical tool, he is just so good at everything that he virtually has no major flaws in his game. He did play some third base in college and he's athletic enough to potentially play some outfield if need be, giving him enough versatility to be a bench player down the road if there's a need, but his bat has the chance to be pretty special at the second base position. He projects best as a big league starting second baseman and he has future All Star potential if his game stays on track.
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\r\nETA. 2012. Adams would have been a guarantee to start the 2011 season in Triple-A Scranton had he stayed healthy. He still has a shot to break there though because his game is that refined at this point.
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