Thursday, June 12, 2008

2B David Adams, University of Virginia (106th Overall)

2B David Adams - Yankees 3rd Round Draft ChoiceDavid Adams, 2B
Virginia R-R, 6-2, 205
Hometown: Margate, Fla.

Status: Signed, Reporting to Staten Island Yankees (A)

Selected in the third round of last week's MLB draft (106th overall), Virginia 2B David Adams quickly inked a professional contract with the NY Yankees.

“It was certainly exciting and it is a great opportunity for me,” David Adams told the Charlottesville Daily Progress. “It is an honor to play for the best organization in baseball.”

After a stellar 2007, in which David Adams hit .315 (35-for 111) in ACC action, the Cavalier infielder struggled this year against in-conference pitching; He hit just .210 (25-119) this season. Batting in the third spot in the order, Adams hit .286 for the season with six homers overall.

“He’s had a down year,” said Yankees director of scouting Damon Oppenheimer. “We saw some things in his stroke that they had made changes to at the college level that we run into quite a bit. That didn’t work for him. We looked at a lot of film of him at high school and the [Cape Cod League].

“We’re hoping to get this guy back, and if we can get him back to what we saw, we feel we got a guy that at one time was ranked very high.”

What the Experts Say Draft Tracker Comments:
"The University of Virginia has become a good proving ground for legit pro prospects in recent years, and while Adams isn't Ryan Zimmerman, he should do pretty well in this year's Draft. A solid hard-nosed type, he gets the ultimate praise from scouts as being a real 'baseball player.' He's hit in the past, but didn't fare so well this season, which might affect him somewhat, but likely not too much."

UPDATE: David Adams, who was taken in the third round by the New York Yankees, agreed to a contract late Monday and will join short-season Staten Island.

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