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8/31/1988 (28 y, 5 m, 24 d)
2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 23, Pick: 18, Overall: 699, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
$2.8M / 1 Years (2017)
Adams agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million deal with the Cardinals on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports. (1/12/2017)
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Adams is a dude that can best be described as Farm Boy Strong. He's certainly not the most athletic but when he connects ball to bat in that sweet, sweet spot, the Cardinals prospect can deposit the baseball in another zip code. And he's not just a pure slugger. He has hit more than .300 at every minor league level he's played during his four-year pro career and doesn't strike out as much as your typical hulking slugger. On the down side, he makes a little too much contact and doesn't walk much, which hurts his on-base percentage, and increases the likelihood that his average could dip against better pitching. Adams' future does not look particularly bright in St. Louis, despite entering 2012 as the favorite to replace long-time Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, who chased the free agent pot of gold all the way to Los Angeles. Allen Craig swiped the first base job from Adams' clutches and doesn't appear willing to play nice. A trade -- or injury to the incumbent -- are really the only shots that the rookie has for regular big league playing time in 2013. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Adams is probably big-league ready but he lacks an opportunity. If an injury or a trade pops up then the hulking first baseman becomes an interesting player to monitor. He could potentially provide help in a number of fantasy categories including batting average, home runs and RBIs.
Adams seems intent on challenging Prince Fielder for the largest belt size among Major League first basemen but it hasn't yet hurt his hitting. If Allen Craig is healthy enough to play the outfield, it will open up a spot for the younger player to see regular playing time in 2014. In limited playing time in '13, Adams showed the ability to hit for both average and power. He could potentially hit 25-30 home runs with regular at-bats and the lineup around him should provide him with an opportunity to drive in 100 or more runs. If it looks like he's going to have the everyday first base gig in 2014, snatch him up in NL-only leagues and consider him as an inexpensive (potential breakout) option for mixed leagues. If the hype gets too intense, remember he's a pull hitter that was shifted more late in the season. The shifts plus the strikeouts might pull the average down. Plus, he had trouble with lefties. There's upside here, and risk. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
Adams has a chance to be an impact bat in 2014 if he can keep his weight in check and handle lefties. Between that concern and the lack of a proven track record you might be able to steal the sophomore first baseman in later draft rounds while avoiding spending early picks or significant cash on the better-known sluggers.
The power didn’t come in his first full season in the majors, but Matt Adams put up a second consecutive season with a batting average over .280. That’s an extremely positive sign for a left-handed player who has started to see frequent defensive shifts. His all-fields approach may have been somewhat responsible for his limited power output, but Adams also cut his ground-ball rate by nearly 10% from his previous levels. Entering his age-26 season, Adams still has 25 home run potential. With his success and the Cardinals’ trade of Allen Craig, Adams has no threats to his playing time. Expect a slight downtick in average and a slight uptick in power and another season in the top 20 among first basemen. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Adams hit just 15 home runs in his first full season in the majors, but the potential for 25 home runs is there. That, plus his back-to-back .280 average seasons, makes him a solid top 20 first baseman.
In Matt Adams' first real shot at playing time back in 2013, he hit 17 home runs in just 319 plate appearances. More of the same was expected in 2014, but he took a slight step back, hitting for a solid batting average but just 15 homers in 563 plate appearances. Roughly average production for a first baseman is nothing to discard, and after he hit three homers in the playoffs, including a big one off Clayton Kershaw to win the Divisional Series, expectations were ratcheted back up for 2015. Adams lost most of last season to a hamstring tear, recovering enough to get back in the lineup in September, but not enough to get on the postseason roster. It would be easy to dismiss Adams' season as just lost to injury, but he was not hitting before he got hurt. While it was only 153 plate appearances, Adams' line was .243/.281/.375 at the end of May with just four home runs. Adams is a free-swinger who does not draw many walks, so to be of value at first base, Adams has to hit for power, something he has not excelled at since his first real taste of the big leagues in 2013. Adams could still tap into that power, but if he does not do it quickly, the Cardinals expect Brandon Moss to play much better than he showed in 2015, and Stephen Piscotty could also see time at first base. Matt Adams is not likely to be an everyday player this season unless he hits considerably better than he has over the last two years. (Craig Edwards)
The Quick Opinion:
There is still some pop in Matt Adams' bat, but if he does not find it quickly this spring, he could find himself in an upward battle for playing time.
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