Yankee Prospects No. 12: David Adams

via bronxbaseballdaily.com

Date of Birth: 5/15/1987 in Margate, Florida

Height/Weight: 6'2", 190 lbs. 

Position: Second base

Bats/Throws: R/R

 

David Adams has had an interesting path to where he's at now. Back in 2005, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round of the MLB Draft, but opted to pursue baseball at the collegiate level. As a senior in high school, he was ranked 19th by Baseball America. 

Adams ended up attending the University of Virginia where he would play out a very good college career. He was showered with accolades such as "Freshman All-American" in 2006, second team All-ACC in 2007, and Third-Team Louisville Slugger All-America squad in 2008. 

Entering the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft, he was selected by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round and sent to Staten Island. 

Below are his statistics from 2008-2011, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com. Oh yeah, jump!

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Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2008 21 Staten Island NYPL A- NYY 67 297 257 45 66 19 2 4 31 8 2 32 57 .257 .350 .393 .743 101 6 6 0 2 0
2009 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A+ NYY 132 569 490 69 140 40 8 7 75 11 8 61 88 .286 .373 .443 .816 217 16 11 1 6 1
2009 22 Charleston SALL A NYY 67 304 259 32 75 23 2 0 34 8 4 35 49 .290 .385 .394 .779 102 7 7 0 3 0
2009 22 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 65 265 231 37 65 17 6 7 41 3 4 26 39 .281 .360 .498 .858 115 9 4 1 3 1
2010 23 Trenton EL AA NYY 39 173 152 31 47 15 3 3 32 5 2 18 31 .309 .393 .507 .900 77 4 3 0 0 0
2011 24 Tampa FLOR A+ NYY 1 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 2 0 0 0 0 0
4 Seasons 239 1043 903 145 255 74 13 14 138 24 12 111 176 .282 .370 .440 .810 397 26 20 1 8 1
A+ (2 seasons) A+ 66 269 235 37 67 17 6 7 41 3 4 26 39 .285 .362 .498 .860 117 9 4 1 3 1
A (1 season) A 67 304 259 32 75 23 2 0 34 8 4 35 49 .290 .385 .394 .779 102 7 7 0 3 0
AA (1 season) AA 39 173 152 31 47 15 3 3 32 5 2 18 31 .309 .393 .507 .900 77 4 3 0 0 0
A- (1 season) A- 67 297 257 45 66 19 2 4 31 8 2 32 57 .257 .350 .393 .743 101 6 6 0 2 0


Adams faired well in his split time between Charleston and Tampa back in 2009. .373 OBP is always encouraging to see. Apparently he has a knack for being plunked by pitches as well, getting hit 11 times back in '09. What I find most strange is the fact that he hit 0 homers down in Charleston, but hit 7 in Tampa when he was called up. 

This quote was taken from an article on Yankee Daily written about Adams that I thought was interesting. 
Adams is a cocky but hard nosed and intelligent player who makes the most of his average tools on both offense and defense. He works hard on and off the field. He soaks up every little detail to help him understand how to be a better defender. He never wants to be satisfied and always strives to be a better ball player. He has a strong arm, turns the double play well, is solid around the bag and gets the job done on defense. He is said to be one of the best at turning the double play.

He's also coming off a broken ankle and literally just returned to action at Trenton, which is why he's only played one game this year. 

So what's the outlook for this guy? He's basically your average to above-average ballplayer that will work his way through the system to try and get a shot with the Yanks. If he makes it all the way up the ladder, we'd most likely see him sometime during 2013 at the earliest. Oh yeah, there's this guy named Robinson Cano that plays second base for New York already. I'll go out on a limb and say that Adams will most likely be packaged in a trade before he makes it to the majors. But honestly, who knows? I like what I've read about his attitude and hunger to prove people wrong. If he can use that as motivation to make it to "The Show", that'd be awesome. 

Come back for Frankie's Prospect No. 11 on Thursday afternoon!
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