For the past few years now, we have all heard about David Adams through the grapevine. What we have heard about him has been lukewarm at best it seems. While he is a player to get excited about, he has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. If a role at third base should open at some point though, Adams could be first in line to receive a promotion.
Adams was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2005 draft, but opted to play baseball at the University of Virginia instead. Once there, he honed his skills enough to be drafted by the New York Yankees just three years later. Adams spent three years or so bouncing from Single-A and rookie ball before finally getting called up to the Trenton Thunder for the 2012 season.
In Trenton, with the improved pitching, Adams opened up the eyes of many people. Through 86 games, he hit .306 with eight home runs and 48 RBIs. However, he did play in a injury-filled season, which came as a surprise to almost nobody. He did prove however, that if he is healthy, he is capable of being a solid player.
When the Yankees acquired Vernon Wells prior to the start of this season, Adams was designated for assignment in order to make room on the 40 man roster. Much to the delight of people who have followed him, the Yankees resigned him three days later and he is currently playing in Triple-A Scranton.
For a while now, people have seen Adams as a major-league ready player. He brings a very solid bat to the plate that is capable of both power and pure hitting. He would likely never be a 30+ home run type of player, but he can definitely be well-rounded at the plate. He was originally a second baseman, but due to Robinson Cano currently manning the position, he was converted to third base.
The scouting report on Adams tells us that he is not a particularly fast runner, but he is smart enough to know what he is doing on the basepaths. His defense isn’t really remarkable, but it is good enough for him to hold his own wherever he plays.
Heading into Spring Training this year, some people thought that he had a legitimate shot to make the roster right out of camp as a backup infielder. However, he suffered an injury that kept him out for the majority of the spring. If he did play and perform well though, he would have likely taken the place of Jayson Nix.
David Adams, while a solid player, is most remembered by fans as the reason why Cliff Lee is not a Yankee. I’m sure most people remember when the Yankees almost acquired Lee from the Seattle Mariners in 2010. They were so close, and some even thought that the deal was done. However, a medical report sent to the Mariners on Adams at the last minute, revealed a broken ankle. The Mariners then pulled out of the deal and sent Lee elsewhere.
So despite that unfortunate situation in 2010, Yankees fans should be happy that Adams is still a Yankee. I have no doubt that if he were given some playing time at the major league level, he could probably open up some eyes.