May 15 – Happy Birthday David Adams
If the rumors circulating in the Yankee sports media are correct, David Adams will celebrate his 26th birthday on his first day as a member of the New York Yankees’ big league roster. Today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant exemplifies just how difficult it is to make it to the Major Leagues. Born in Margate, Florida in 1987, this right-hand hitting infielder was drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round of the 2005 Amateur Draft. He chose to play collegiate baseball instead at the University of Virginia and in 2008, he was drafted again, this time in the third round and this time by the Yankees.
He has been climbing his way up the rungs of New York’s minor league ladder during the past six seasons and dealing with injuries along the way. But he’s played well at just about every stop, averaging right around three hundred and playing an acceptable second base. With a durable superstar in Robbie Cano playing second, the Yankees have been in no rush to get Adams to the Bronx. He doesn’t have the range to play short and though he’s been playing a lot of third base this season in Scranton, his lack of power makes it a long shot that the Yanks would groom him to replace A-Rod at hot corner. He’s already old for a rookie but with the decimated left side of the Yankee’s current infield already at the third and fourth string level, this may be the only shot Mr.Adams ever gets to do something special enough to remain in pinstripes or even the big leagues for that matter.
I’ll be rooting for the guy for two reasons. Up until Adams gets called up the only Yankee born on this date is a guy named C.B.Burns who got one at bat for the Baltimore Orioles (who were the Yankees before the Yankees moved to New York) in 1902. The second reason I’d like to see Adams stick is his wife, Camille, who is an associate blogger of mine at the MLB Blog site. She writes about what its like to be a wife of a professional ballplayer and she does it very well. You can check her blog out here. Congratulations David and Camille for making it to the big show!