Scouting Yankees Prospect #38: David Adams

The Yankees drafted second baseman David Adams in the third round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of the University of Virginia. One who has had his swing changed a few times in college and again in the pros, he still had a solid debut season in Staten Island this year and he's one of the more projectable hitters coming out college.

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

"An adjustment is a good word to use," Adams said of his debut season. "Coming out of college we changed a lot of things defensively and offensively.

"It was a work in progress pretty much. This first year was just to get things underway and try to fix a couple of things, and go from there."

One who saw his offensive success vary a lot during his three-year college career with the Cavaliers, he endured constant changes made to his swing and that never really allowed him to develop any sort of consistent rhythm.

"I haven't really settled in since high school to be honest," he revealed. "I went to [the University of] Virginia and we changed things every year just to find something better at the next level.

"Now I'm here at the next level and we're changing things around again, but I think they're stuck for good now. I'll be happy with that. I'll just go from here and hopefully work my way up, and progress pretty quickly."

Considering the crazy state of flux his game has remained in for some time, Adams still had a solid showing in the NY-Penn League this year, hitting .257 with 19 doubles, four home runs, and eight stolen bases.

"With all being said, as soon as you report the head honchos in the organization tell you not to worry about the results this year, it's just to work on things and get accustomed to working hard, get accustomed to the daily living of being a minor leaguer.

"Ultimately I think that's what it was, just getting accustomed to the changes being made and getting used to playing day in and day out.

"Of course you set high standards for yourself, but it's one of those things, it's a work in progress. You have to start somewhere and I'm glad I started where I did, and now there's only one place to go and that's up."

Adams and the Yankees made one basic change to his offensive approach in Staten Island this season. Historically prone to ensuring a middle to the opposite field mentality over the years, he started working on his follow-through and using more of his natural power.

"I think the biggest thing offensively has just been staying through the ball, that's probably the biggest thing we've been working on," he said. "I hit the ball well to right field but I have a tendency to guide balls rather than just swing and stay through the ball, and swing it with authority all of the time.

"Sometimes I have a tendency – if the pitch is middle, I'll guide it to right-center instead of squaring it to left-center. Just getting through the ball and attacking it better to all fields instead of setting myself up from center to right-center, that's my key."

Realizing he hasn't truly been comfortable nor really found his groove for an extended period of time, considering the solid season he had in Staten Island, he is very encouraged about his future in Pinstripes.

"I'm a pretty positive guy," Adams opined. "I feel like that's the success for anyone, the most important key is to stay positive. If you set high standards and work hard to achieve them, ultimately you're going to set yourself up for great success down the line.

"Starting where I did, it gives me the opportunity to work even harder. Now I can set myself up in the offseason to get better in each area I need to improve on and then go from there. It's going to be a fun ride and I'm looking forward to it."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2008 Staten Island .257 257 19 4 31 45 8 32 57 .350 .393


Batting and Power. Adams is a good hitter with an acute knowledge of the strike zone. He has the ability to draw a lot of walks and get on-base quite frequently. He is very adept at taking pitches to the opposite field, but he's only now learning how to be more aggressive when attempting to pull pitches. He also has very good gap power with some solid loft in his swing. His biggest problem thus far has been an inability to find any sustained comfort with all the changes made to his swing over the years and that has caused him to be somewhat inconsistent from a production standpoint. He has natural hitting ability across the board if he can just find his rhythm.

Base Running and Speed. Adams has some pretty good wheels for a bigger second baseman. He doesn't have prototypical middle infield speed but his quick feet does surprise opposing pitchers. More than anything, however, he is an aggressive base runner who will take the extra base when needed. With his ability to get on-base and his aggressiveness, there's no reason he can't be a double-digit stolen base threat.

Defense. A big-bodied second baseman, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 210 pounds, Adams doesn't have the greatest range. Further complicating matters, he doesn't get the greatest first-step either. He started rectifying that problem in Staten Island by eliminating some wasted motion in his pre-swing set, but he is more there for his offensive production than defensive prowess. He does have a solid arm too and that could allow him to switch positions down the road should the need arise.

Projection. While he's a long way off from coming even close to this type of production, in many ways Adams' style compares to Jeff Kent as a run-producing middle infielder who is at the position more for his bat than his glove. Like Kent, who was just a career .257 hitter in the minors, it could take Adams some time to find his groove at the plate but he does offer intriguing power potential at a middle infield position, one who has the potential to hit in the heart of a big league lineup someday. His strong arm does give him enough position flexibility that he could become a solid bench player, but if he can find that consistent approach and hitting mechanics he could develop into something more.

ETA. 2012. In most years Adams would be a lock to bypass the low-A level entirely, but he is one of many potent second baseman in the organization and there exists the strong possibility the Yankees could take it slow with him and start him off in Charleston next season. If he does skip his way up to Tampa in 2009, he could push his ETA up a year.

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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\n\"An adjustment is a good word to use,\" Adams said of his debut season. \"Coming out of college we changed a lot of things defensively and offensively.
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\r\n\"It was a work in progress pretty much. This first year was just to get things underway and try to fix a couple of things, and go from there.\"
\r\n
\r\nOne who saw his offensive success vary a lot during his three-year college career with the Cavaliers, he endured constant changes made to his swing and that never really allowed him to develop any sort of consistent rhythm.
\r\n
\r\n\"I haven't really settled in since high school to be honest,\" he revealed. \"I went to [the University of] Virginia and we changed things every year just to find something better at the next level.
\r\n
\r\n\"Now I'm here at the next level and we're changing things around again, but I think they're stuck for good now. I'll be happy with that. I'll just go from here and hopefully work my way up, and progress pretty quickly.\"
\r\n
\r\nConsidering the crazy state of flux his game has remained in for some time, Adams still had a solid showing in the NY-Penn League this year, hitting .257 with 19 doubles, four home runs, and eight stolen bases.
\r\n
\r\n\"With all being said, as soon as you report the head honchos in the organization tell you not to worry about the results this year, it's just to work on things and get accustomed to working hard, get accustomed to the daily living of being a minor leaguer.
\r\n
\r\n\"Ultimately I think that's what it was, just getting accustomed to the changes being made and getting used to playing day in and day out.
\r\n
\r\n\"Of course you set high standards for yourself, but it's one of those things, it's a work in progress. You have to start somewhere and I'm glad I started where I did, and now there's only one place to go and that's up.\"
\r\n
\r\nAdams and the Yankees made one basic change to his offensive approach in Staten Island this season. Historically prone to ensuring a middle to the opposite field mentality over the years, he started working on his follow-through and using more of his natural power.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think the biggest thing offensively has just been staying through the ball, that's probably the biggest thing we've been working on,\" he said. \"I hit the ball well to right field but I have a tendency to guide balls rather than just swing and stay through the ball, and swing it with authority all of the time.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes I have a tendency – if the pitch is middle, I'll guide it to right-center instead of squaring it to left-center. Just getting through the ball and attacking it better to all fields instead of setting myself up from center to right-center, that's my key.\"
\r\n
\r\nRealizing he hasn't truly been comfortable nor really found his groove for an extended period of time, considering the solid season he had in Staten Island, he is very encouraged about his future in Pinstripes.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm a pretty positive guy,\" Adams opined. \"I feel like that's the success for anyone, the most important key is to stay positive. If you set high standards and work hard to achieve them, ultimately you're going to set yourself up for great success down the line.
\r\n
\r\n\"Starting where I did, it gives me the opportunity to work even harder. Now I can set myself up in the offseason to get better in each area I need to improve on and then go from there. It's going to be a fun ride and I'm looking forward to it.\"
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2B

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\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 is a good hitter with an acute knowledge of the strike zone. He has the ability to draw a lot of walks and get on-base quite frequently. He is very adept at taking pitches to the opposite field, but he's only now learning how to be more aggressive when attempting to pull pitches. He also has very good gap power with some solid loft in his swing. His biggest problem thus far has been an inability to find any sustained comfort with all the changes made to his swing over the years and that has caused him to be somewhat inconsistent from a production standpoint. He has natural hitting ability across the board if he can just find his rhythm.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. Adams has some pretty good wheels for a bigger second baseman. He doesn't have prototypical middle infield speed but his quick feet does surprise opposing pitchers. More than anything, however, he is an aggressive base runner who will take the extra base when needed. With his ability to get on-base and his aggressiveness, there's no reason he can't be a double-digit stolen base threat.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. A big-bodied second baseman, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 210 pounds, Adams doesn't have the greatest range. Further complicating matters, he doesn't get the greatest first-step either. He started rectifying that problem in Staten Island by eliminating some wasted motion in his pre-swing set, but he is more there for his offensive production than defensive prowess. He does have a solid arm too and that could allow him to switch positions down the road should the need arise.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. While he's a long way off from coming even close to this type of production, in many ways Adams' style compares to Jeff Kent as a run-producing middle infielder who is at the position more for his bat than his glove. Like Kent, who was just a career .257 hitter in the minors, it could take Adams some time to find his groove at the plate but he does offer intriguing power potential at a middle infield position, one who has the potential to hit in the heart of a big league lineup someday. His strong arm does give him enough position flexibility that he could become a solid bench player, but if he can find that consistent approach and hitting mechanics he could develop into something more.
\r\n
\r\nETA. 2012. In most years Adams would be a lock to bypass the low-A level entirely, but he is one of many potent second baseman in the organization and there exists the strong possibility the Yankees could take it slow with him and start him off in Charleston next season. If he does skip his way up to Tampa in 2009, he could push his ETA up a year.
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