David Adams (baseball)

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David Adams
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Adams with the New York Yankees
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 31)
Margate, Florida
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 2013, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2013, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average .193
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 13

David Lee Adams (born May 15, 1987) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees in 2013.

Professional baseball is played in leagues throughout the world. In these leagues and associated farm teams, baseball players are selected for their talents and are paid to play for a specific team or club system.

An infielder is a baseball player stationed at one of four defensive "infield" positions on the baseball field.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.


Prior to playing professionally, Adams competed on travel teams and for Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida. He attended the University of Virginia, where he played college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers.

Boca Raton, Florida City in Florida

Boca Raton is the southernmost city in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, first incorporated on August 2, 1924 as "Bocaratone," and then incorporated as "Boca Raton" in 1925. The 2015 population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 93,235. However, approximately 200,000 people with a Boca Raton postal address reside outside its municipal boundaries. Such areas include newer developments like West Boca Raton. As a business center, the city also experiences significant daytime population increases. It is one of the wealthiest communities in South Florida. Boca Raton is 43 miles (69 km) north of Miami and is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which had a population of 6,012,331 people as of 2015.

University of Virginia University in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

The University of Virginia is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was founded in 1819 by Declaration of Independence author and former President Thomas Jefferson. It is known for its historic foundations, student-run honor code, and secret societies. UVA is the flagship university of Virginia and home to Jefferson's Academical Village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Amateur career

Adams played in amateur baseball tournaments from a young age, winning the championship in a 12-and-under travel competition for a team representing Broward and Palm Beach counties, against a team representing California's Central Valley, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Chris Volstad was a teammate. [1]

Broward County, Florida County in Florida, United States

Broward County is a county in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Florida. According to a 2017 census report, the county had a population of 1,935,878, making it the second-most populous county in Florida and the 15th-most populous county in the United States. The county seat is Fort Lauderdale.

Palm Beach County, Florida County in Florida, United States

Palm Beach County is a county in the state of Florida that is directly north of Broward County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,320,134, making it the third-most populous county in Florida. The largest city and county seat is West Palm Beach. Named after one of its oldest settlements, Palm Beach, the county was established in 1909, after being split from Dade County. The county's modern-day boundaries were established in 1963.

California State of the United States of America

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Adams attended Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton, Florida. [2] A second baseman for the school's baseball team, Adams batted .464 with 25 runs batted in (RBI) and 17 stolen bases as a sophomore. [3] Major League Baseball scouts followed Grandview Prep to see Adams. [2]

Second baseman defensive position in baseball and softball, played on the right side of the infield near second base

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Batting average (baseball)

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Stolen base

In baseball, a stolen base occurs when a runner advances to a base to which he is not entitled and the official scorer rules that the advance should be credited to the action of the runner. The umpires determine whether the runner is safe or out at the next base, but the official scorer rules on the question of credit or blame for the advance under Rule 10.

Adams committed to attend the University of Virginia, to play college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team. [4] Baseball America rated Adams as the second-best high school third baseman in the United States. [2] The Detroit Tigers chose Adams in the 21st round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, but, disappointed with where he was selected, [5] he opted not to sign, instead enrolling at Virginia.

The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team represents the University of Virginia in NCAA Division I college baseball. Established in 1889, the team participates in the Coastal division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and plays its home games at Davenport Field. The team's head coach is Brian O'Connor. The team won the College World Series championship in 2015.

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Detroit Tigers Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

The Detroit Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) Central division. One of the AL's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit as a member of the minor league Western League in 1894 and is the only Western League team still in its original city. They are the oldest continuous one name, one city franchise in the AL. The Tigers have won four World Series championships, 11 AL pennants, and four AL Central division championships. The Tigers also won division titles in 1972, 1984, and 1987 as a member of the AL East. The team currently plays its home games at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit.

In his freshman year, Adams became the Cavaliers' regular starting second baseman. He had a .318 batting average with five home runs and 49 runs batted in (RBI), and was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America and Louisville Slugger. As a sophomore, in 2007, he had a .372 batting average and a .454 on-base percentage, earning Second-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. [6]

Home run in baseball, a 4-base hit, often by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles without 1st touching the ground; inside-the-park home runs—where the batter reaches home safely while the ball is in play—are possible but rare

In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process. In modern baseball, the feat is typically achieved by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles without first touching the ground or running to home plate and scoring a point, resulting in an automatic home run. There is also the "inside-the-park" home run where the batter reaches home safely while the baseball is in play on the field.

On-base percentage

In baseball statistics, on-base percentage is a statistic generally measuring how frequently a batter reaches base. Specifically, it records the ratio of the batter's times-on-base (TOB) to their number of at bats. It first became an official MLB statistic in 1984.

Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

Adams played for the Cavaliers for three years, starting each season at second base. In his three years, Adams had a .325 batting average, and placed in the all-time top ten for the Cavaliers with 226 hits, 142 runs batted in, and 102 walks. The Cavaliers reached the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament in all of Adams' three years at Virginia. [6]

Professional career

New York Yankees

Out of Virginia, the New York Yankees selected Adams in the third round (106th overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. [7] Adams signed and made his professional debut that year with the Class-A Short Season Staten Island Yankees.

Adams played for the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs and Class-A Advanced Tampa Yankees in 2009. He began the 2010 season with the Class-AA Trenton Thunder, but suffered an ankle injury. The injury was originally thought to be a sprain. [8]

At the 2010 MLB trade deadline, the Yankees and Seattle Mariners almost completed a deal that would have sent Adams, Jesús Montero, and Zach McAllister to the Seattle Mariners for All-Star pitcher Cliff Lee. When the teams shared medical reports, the Mariners determined that Adams' ankle was broken, not sprained. [8] As a result, they chose to trade Lee to the Texas Rangers in a package centered around Justin Smoak. [9]

Still rehabilitating from his ankle injury, Adams played for Tampa and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Yankees in 2011. He was put on the disabled list three times due to the ankle. [10] Adams was added to the Yankees' 40 man roster after the 2011 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. [11]

Adams spent the 2012 season with the Trenton Thunder of the Class-AA Eastern League, where he hit .306/.385/.450 over 383 plate appearances. He played in only 86 games, as he missed time due to back spasms. After the regular season, the Yankees assigned Adams to play in the Arizona Fall League, where he played second and third base. [10]

Adams at Minute Maid Park in September 2013. David Adams at Minute Maid Park 2013 2.jpg
Adams at Minute Maid Park in September 2013.

On March 26, 2013, the Yankees released Adams to make space on the team's 40-man roster for new acquisition Vernon Wells. [12] The Yankees re-signed him to a minor league contract three days later. [13] After playing in 27 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the Class AAA International League, in which he batted .316, [6] the Yankees purchased his contract on May 15, the first day he was eligible to be promoted to the majors. [14] Adams made his major league debut on May 15, 2013 and got his first career hit. [15] Adams became the first Yankee to make a major league debut on a birthday.

On May 16, 2013, Adams got his first career double and RBI. On May 20, 2013, Adams hit his first major league home run off Freddy García in a game against the Baltimore Orioles. [16] [17] He played in 35 games with a .190 average, 2 home runs, and 9 RBI until being demoted to Triple-A on July 8, 2013. Adams got promoted again from Triple-A on July 24, 2013 after Luis Cruz was put on the DL. He was sent down on July 28, 2013 to make room when Jayson Nix was activated off the disabled list. On August 5, 2013, with Derek Jeter going on the DL, Adams was recalled again from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. [18] He was then optioned back to Triple-A on August 11, 2013 in exchange for pitcher Dellin Betances. On September 1, 2013, Adams was called up for a fourth time with the Yankees this season. [19] After the season, Adams was non-tendered by the Yankees, making him a free agent. [20]


On December 13, 2013, Adams signed a major league deal with the Cleveland Indians. He was placed on outright waivers on March 22, 2014. [21] Adams was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on March 22, 2014. [22] He played 100 games in the minors for the Orioles AAA and AA minor league teams. On February 11, 2015, Adams signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins, he played the entire year with the Marlins AA Affiliate. [23] He played 57 games for the Aguilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League during the off season and on November 23, 2015, Adams signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays that includes an invitation to spring training. [24] Adams only played 68 games with the Buffalo Bisons,He became a free agent on November 7, 2016. In the off season he played 16 games for the Tigres de Aragua of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. [25]


Adams became a coach for Gulf Coast Yankees in 2017, and served as their manager in 2018. [26] In 2019, Adams was named the manager for Staten Island. [27]

Personal life

Adams' father, Dale, coached David on his 12-and-under travel team, [1] and at Grandview Prep. [2]

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