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Matt Adams
Birthdate: 8/31/1988 (28 y, 6 m, 27 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/230     Position: 1B
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 23, Pick: 18, Overall: 699, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Contract: $2.8M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Adams played in left field for the final four innings of Wednesday's 6-1 Cactus League victory over the Nationals, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Matt Adams is now 28 years old and has never hit more than 17 homers in a season. He looked to have 30-homer power when he hit those 17 homers in 319 plate appearances back in 2013, but when given the job full-time in 2014, he hit just 15 over the whole season. He lost 2015 to injuries, but did manage 16 homers last year in half a season's worth of playing time. He's never been one to take a lot of walks, so his power and batting average need to justify a position in the lineup. The Cardinals have already announced that Matt Carpenter, the Cardinals best offensive player, will be playing full-time at first base - the only position Adams plays. Barring a trade, a major injury or two, or an otherworldly spring training that justifies putting Adams at first and returning Carpenter to third, Adams looks to be the odd-man out in the Cardinals infield. If he were to get starting time with the Cardinals, or more likely another team, 20-homer power, but not much else seems like a decent possibility. He hasn't hit for a high average in several years, and when the only position you can play is first base, there are going to be better alternatives out there. (Craig Edwards)

The Quick Opinion: Adams can only play first base and barring a trade or a few injuries, he won't get much playing time. Even if a trade comes, he might only bring 20-homer power in a platoon role.

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