Just over one month ago, the New York Yankees made a difficult and risky decision, releasing minor league infielder David Adams from his contract in order to clear room on the 40-man roster. Adams wound up returning just three days later on a minor-league deal and reported to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the start of the season. After once being viewed as a very good infield prospect, the injury-prone 25-year-old who has missed extensive time with an ankle injury in the past had once more seen an obstacle thrown in his path to the major leagues.
However, with Alex Rodriguez out until midseason and Kevin Youkilis likely to hit the disabled list, Adams may be thrown back into the mix for a big league job. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre teammate Corban Joseph may be the only other infielder on the 40-man roster, but he is primarily a second baseman. Ronnier Mustelier, who had a great showing during spring training, is still working his way back from a knee injury in Florida. The current fill-in for Youkilis, Jayson Nix, is better suited for a utility infielder’s role. This leaves Adams as the last man standing to fill the void at third base in the Bronx.
When Rodriguez’s injury was first revealed during the offseason, speculation ran rampant that the Yankees might view Adams as an internal option to replace the aging superstar. However, the Yankees would soon sign Kevin Youkilis, who immediately took over as the team’s starting third baseman, making Adams’ hopes of cracking the major league roster out of spring training slim. Adams then suffered an injury of his own during spring training, missing the majority of camp.
Now, the Yankees need a replacement in a pinch, and Adams appears likely to finally receive his opportunity to make an impact. He has started the season on a roll with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, producing a .327 batting average and an astounding .417 on-base percentage. He is not much of a power hitter – Adams has just one home run and four RBI As if those numbers were not good enough, Adams leads all Scranton/Wilkes-Barre regulars with an OPS (on-base + slugging) of .878.
If Adams can produce numbers even somewhat similar to what he has done this year at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, fans will certainly be happy with his decision to re-sign with the Yankees organization after being released. If he performs well above expectations, Yankee fans could even be looking at their new starting third baseman for 2013 – and beyond.
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