Adams Finding A Consistent Swing

CHARLESTON, SC - David Adams went through multiple changes to his swing throughout his college career and then initially after signing with the Yankees last summer. He has found some initial success with the Charleston Riverdogs this season and he says it's because he has started finding a consistent swing.

Tweaking his swing and making the appropriate adjustments have helped David Adams find the needed consistency one needs to be successful.

And Charleston RiverDogs manager Torre Tyson couldn't agree more.

Adams encountered some trouble finding a consistent stroke in Tampa, even though he had solid Spring Training.

"Since it was my first one, I expected it to be a lot worse," said the RiverDogs' second baseman. "It went pretty well and I had a lot of fun, but I'm glad it's over."

In Spring Training, Adams said that he worked on "a little bit of everything. Defensively, we put together a few things, trying to smooth everything out. Offensively, I worked on consistency, which is key."

Adams carried over his success from the spring to the regular season.

"It is always a work in progress," he said. "You are always working on things to get to the next level, always improving. Being consistent is a huge goal."

Tyson has been pleased with Adams' maturation thus far.

"It impresses me the most that he makes adjustments, even when he doesn't have to," said the third-year skipper. "Even though he's hitting [around] .300, he makes changes for the better."

Since Adams has been in Charleston, he feels he's had a consistent swing but has encountered a few funks that he and hitting coach Greg Colbrunn have been working on.

A disciplined and patient hitter, Adams leads the team with 19 walks. Nearly 40 games into the season, Adams also leads the team in doubles with 16. He has recorded 41 hits, two triples, and 16 RBI's, but has not yet hit a home run.

"I've received a bunch of grief from my teammates and friends about not hitting a home run yet," he admitted. "But ultimately, it is something I shouldn't have to worry about as it will come with time."

Adams worked with his swing for three-to-four years but when the Yankees drafted him, he switched a few things around.

"In college [at the University of Virginia I struggled, especially my junior year, but as soon as I got to Charleston they slowed things down and made everything simpler," he explained.

And that has obviously seemed to work.

"I can definitely do better," he stated. "Anyone could. Ask any big leaguer like Albert Pujols or Derek Jeter. It's one of those things you strive for … to be the best."

Tyson thinks there is a good chance that Adams is "going to play in the big leagues one day as he's got some tools. He's got that sixth tool we always talk about -- that intangible -- of how to play the game.

"He just does so many of the little things right, and that will be the difference between playing in AAA and the big leagues."

Adams believes that consistency is the key and that he can always improve.

"I have great hitting days and then have days where I have no idea what's going on," he said. "I think the key to getting to the next level and staying there is finding a swing that works and sticking with it."

Should Adams keep making the correct adjustments and working on the little things to improve his overall game, we can expect a lot more good things from Adams.

Just ask Tyson.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nTweaking his swing and making the appropriate adjustments have helped David Adams find the needed consistency one needs to be successful.
\r\n
\r\nAnd Charleston RiverDogs manager Torre Tyson couldn't agree more.
\r\n
\r\nAdams encountered some trouble finding a consistent stroke in Tampa, even though he had solid Spring Training.
\r\n
\r\n\"Since it was my first one, I expected it to be a lot worse,\" said the RiverDogs' second baseman. \"It went pretty well and I had a lot of fun, but I'm glad it's over.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn Spring Training, Adams said that he worked on \"a little bit of everything. Defensively, we put together a few things, trying to smooth everything out. Offensively, I worked on consistency, which is key.\"
\r\n
\r\nAdams carried over his success from the spring to the regular season.
\r\n
\r\n\"It is always a work in progress,\" he said. \"You are always working on things to get to the next level, always improving. Being consistent is a huge goal.\"
\r\n
\r\nTyson has been pleased with Adams' maturation thus far.
\r\n
\r\n\"It impresses me the most that he makes adjustments, even when he doesn't have to,\" said the third-year skipper. \"Even though he's hitting [around] .300, he makes changes for the better.\"
\r\n
\r\nSince Adams has been in Charleston, he feels he's had a consistent swing but has encountered a few funks that he and hitting coach Greg Colbrunn have been working on.
\r\n
\r\nA disciplined and patient hitter, Adams leads the team with 19 walks. Nearly 40 games into the season, Adams also leads the team in doubles with 16. He has recorded 41 hits, two triples, and 16 RBI's, but has not yet hit a home run.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've received a bunch of grief from my teammates and friends about not hitting a home run yet,\" he admitted. \"But ultimately, it is something I shouldn't have to worry about as it will come with time.\"
\r\n
\r\nAdams worked with his swing for three-to-four years but when the Yankees drafted him, he switched a few things around.
\r\n
\r\n\"In college [at the University of Virginia I struggled, especially my junior year, but as soon as I got to Charleston they slowed things down and made everything simpler,\" he explained.
\r\n
\r\nAnd that has obviously seemed to work.
\r\n
\r\n\"I can definitely do better,\" he stated. \"Anyone could. Ask any big leaguer like Albert Pujols or Derek Jeter. It's one of those things you strive for … to be the best.\"
\r\n
\r\nTyson thinks there is a good chance that Adams is \"going to play in the big leagues one day as he's got some tools. He's got that sixth tool we always talk about -- that intangible -- of how to play the game.
\r\n
\r\n\"He just does so many of the little things right, and that will be the difference between playing in AAA and the big leagues.\"
\r\n
\r\nAdams believes that consistency is the key and that he can always improve.
\r\n
\r\n\"I have great hitting days and then have days where I have no idea what's going on,\" he said. \"I think the key to getting to the next level and staying there is finding a swing that works and sticking with it.\"
\r\n
\r\nShould Adams keep making the correct adjustments and working on the little things to improve his overall game, we can expect a lot more good things from Adams.
\r\n
\r\nJust ask Tyson.
\r\n
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