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Russ Adams, ss-2b

School: U. of North Carolina. Class: Jr.
Hometown: Laurinburg, N.C.
B-T: L-R Ht.: 6-1 Wt.: 170 Birthdate: 8/30/80
Previously Drafted: Not drafted.
Scouting Report: There's nothing flashy about Adams, the Cape Cod League's top prospect last summer, and his overall tools don't quite compare to those of South Carolina's Drew Meyer. Yet Adams should be no worse than the second-highest college position player drafted, possibly going to the Athletics at No. 16. He's an instinctive player who fits perfectly into the leadoff role because he works counts, makes contact, steals bases and always plays hard. He has a line-drive swing and could have a little pop once he gets stronger. He has played mostly shortstop for the Tar Heels this year, also seeing time at second and third base, as well as right field. His arm is average and likely will lead to a shift to second base as a pro, and he's steady and has soft hands. He's similar to Chris Burke, the Tennessee shortstop whom the Astros drafted 10th overall in 2001. Burke was a step quicker and has more juice in his bat, but Adams bats lefthanded and both have great makeup.

2002 Statistics

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

.374

230

70

86

19

3

6

51

45

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