NEW YORK—It didn't take long for the Yankees to form an opinion about second baseman David Adams.
Taken in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Virginia, the 22-year-old has played his way to Double-A Trenton in little more than two seasons.
"Everybody who has seen him play second base, there is no question he can play there," personnel director Billy Eppler said. "There is no question he can play there at a high level."
Adams kicked off the season with a lively bat, going 19-for-53 (.358) with two homers and six doubles in his first 14 games.
In addition to a solid righthanded bat and the ability to turn a double play, Adams has another tool: intelligence.
"He is a real smart player," Eppler said of Adams, who played for his father Dale at Grandview Prep in Boca Raton, Fla. "That's the thing you notice about him."
Almost immediately after Adams signed, the Yankees went to work on his swing.
"He has a lot of aptitude and is strong and athletic," Eppler said. "He has been able to implement the adjustments (roving hitting instructor) James Rowson asked him to make."
The changes were centered on making his swing less choppy.
"He is a little bit more smooth with his rhythm, helping the (bat) path and to manipulate the hands," Eppler said. "Now he can tuck his hands, now he can pull the ball rather than have a right-field approach. He is more gap-to-gap now."
The results were evident in Adams' performance in 2009, when he batted .286/.373/.443 with 40 doubles in 490 at-bats in a season spilt evenly between low and high Class A. Best of all, his power did not evaporate when promoted to Tampa in the tough Florida State League.
According to Eppler, Adams is easy to watch around second base.
"He is a pretty good second baseman. He is really good at turning the double play," he said. "He has no fear. His arm is strong enough."
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