31 Prospects in 31 Days: Ryan Adams, #8

If you were watching the MASN broadcast of last night’s game, you would have seen Adams play. If you weren’t, why weren’t you watching? It was baseball on TV! C’mon, get with it!

There’s some footage of Ryan Adams if you missed it. He can play both second and third base, and he’s extremely potent offensively, with Eastern League-leading numbers in 2010 (158 hits, 43 doubles, and 58 extra-base hits). He’s a bit like the Mets’ Daniel Murphy in this sense, though – he has a strong bat, but somewhat shaky defense at both positions. To quote Baseball America, more than one club official believes that “the faster action at the hot corner keeps him more focused,” so maybe he tends to get a tad distracted when he’s in the field.

2009 had some issues, as well, with a groin injury that kept him sidelined for two months and then having disciplinary issues that led to his suspension for the final two weeks of the season. However, since he bounced back so well in 2010, this business is all in the past and he’s settling in better and improving, as well as remaining healthy. With Brian Roberts blocking him at second base and both Reynolds and Bell blocking him at third, Adams needs to play somewhere, so he’ll likely end up in Norfolk if he performs well in Spring Training.

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