(sources don’t agree, but he is somewhere between 6-2 and 6-4, and between 190-220 lbs)
Acquired: Signed as a free agent, 2016-17 offseason.
2017 salary: Minor league contract
Team control: through 2017 (MiLB) / through 2022 (MLB)
The Outfield Fly Ruling
After rising through the Kansas City system, Adams, a 2009 draft pick, made his MLB debut with the AL Champion Royals in 2014. He didn’t stick in the bigs, returning to KC’s minors for 2015, where he was pretty productive in AA. Prior to 2016, he was picked up on waivers by the Yankees, who ultimately placed him back in AA, where he was again productive. However, the team released him in July, and in early August he signed with the Cubs, who placed him in AA. While most players struggle with the jump from high A to AA, Adams has struggled most with the jump from AA to higher levels. He’s been quite productive in AA, an above average hitter there in every stint he’s ever had. There’s no real reason to think that success can’t translate to higher levels, but at his age, you wonder if it will ever happen consistently. Adams has some pop, with between 10-16 HR in 5 straight pro seasons, and it’s accentuated by his speed on the basepaths – he has 171 stolen bases in the same timeframe. If the lack of higher level success is just a sample size issue (he has less than 200 plate appearances above AA), he could serve as an organizationally useful up-and-down bench bat/5th outfielder/September pinch runner. (- B. Blackwell, ’16-’17 offseason)
The OFR Scouting Report
Hit: 40 ↓
There’s not a ton to get excited about here, but Adams can most likely gather enough hits to at least fend off any Mendoza references for now.
Adams has some pop, hitting 10 HR in 481 PA in the minors last year. His hit tool prevents the power from manifesting as frequently as you’d like, but it’s there, thanks to his large frame.
Baserunning: 65 ↓
Adams was wildly efficient stealing bases in AAA last year, going 44 for 49, a remarkable 89% success rate. He’s done this for several years, proving himself as a bona fide base stealer. The issues, if any, are threefold:
- He’ll be 27 this year, so his fastest years are likely behind him.
- Players like Adams that are efficient in the high minors for a few years but get sparse opportunities in the show tend to underwhelm in the SB department (Michael Taylor comes to mind).
- Playing time is going to be an obstacle for Adams at the MLB level.
So, he’s unlikely to rack up big steal totals for your fantasy team, but if given the opportunity to carry a pinch runner on the big league roster, the Braves could do much worse.
Adams uses his talent, notably his speed, to provide adequate defensive in the corner outfield positions. If pressed, he would likely be acceptable in CF.
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