David Adams
Adams with the New York Yankees
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1987-05-15) May 15, 1987 (age 34)
Margate, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: 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 runs2
Runs batted in13

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.

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.

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]

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]

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.

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] In 2006, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League, and returned to the league in 2007 to play for the Falmouth Commodores.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[9] As a result, they chose to trade Lee to the Texas Rangers in a package centered around Justin Smoak.[10]

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.[11] Adams was added to the Yankees' 40 man roster after the 2011 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[12]

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.[11]

Adams at Minute Maid Park in September 2013.
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.[13] The Yankees re-signed him to a minor league contract three days later.[14] 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.[15] Adams made his major league debut on May 15, 2013 and got his first career hit.[16] 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.[17][18] 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.[19] 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.[20] After the season, Adams was non-tendered by the Yankees, making him a free agent.[21]


On December 13, 2013, Adams signed a major league deal with the Cleveland Indians. He was placed on outright waivers on March 22, 2014.[22] Adams was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on March 22, 2014.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]

Coaching career

Adams became a coach for Gulf Coast Yankees in 2017, and served as their manager in 2018.[27] In 2019, Adams was named the manager for Staten Island.[28]

Personal life

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


  1. ^ a b Heeren, Dave (August 22, 1999). "Boca Has Dream Series". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Eisenberg, Jamey (April 5, 2005). "Grandview Baseball Drawing Attention". The Palm Beach Post. p. 8C. Retrieved January 19, 2012.(subscription required)
  3. ^ "ALL-AREA BASEBALL: CLASSES 2A-1A". The Palm Beach Post. June 6, 2004. p. 4BB. Retrieved May 16, 2013. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Virginia Baseball Announces Stellar 11-Member 2005 Recruiting Class: O'Connor and his staff lands another top-notch recruiting class at UVa". CSTV.com. CBS Sports. November 17, 2004. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Garceau, Adams Top List Of Second-day Selections – Sun Sentinel". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. June 9, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Former UVa. baseball player David Adams called up to New York Yankees". Augustafreepress.com. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Three Cavs drafted for MLB". C-Ville. June 6, 2008. Archived from the original on May 8, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Townsend, Brad; Horn, Barry; Grant, Evan (October 25, 2010). "Behind-the-scenes of Rangers' biggest win – getting Cliff Lee". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  10. ^ Stone, Larry (September 23, 2011). "Brian Cashman: Jesus Montero would have been best player "by far" traded for Cliff Lee". Seattle Times. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  11. ^ a b Madden, Bill (May 16, 2013). "Yankees' David Adams, whose injury killed Cliff Lee trade with Mariners years ago, gets first Major League hit: Joe Girardi said it was hard to have had Adams on his radar because he'd played so little over the past three years. He'd heard from the scouts the kid could hit and that he was a real baseball player, but all he really knew was that Adams was the guy who inadvertently killed the Lee trade". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  12. ^ DiComo, Anthony (November 18, 2011). "Yankees add five players to 40-man roster". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  13. ^ "Yankees release infielder David Adams". Web.yesnetwork.com. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  14. ^ "Quick postgame notes: Adams, Teixiera, Jeter – The LoHud Yankees Blog". Yankees.lhblogs.com. March 29, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  15. ^ "Yankees sign infielder David Adams to Major League deal, add him to 25-man roster". Web.yesnetwork.com. May 17, 1998. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  16. ^ "Raul Ibanez's two HR, six RBI lead Mariners' rout of Yankees". Usatoday.com. May 15, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  17. ^ Cacciola, Scott (May 20, 2013). "YANKEES 6, ORIOLES 4 (10 INNINGS): Sabathia Has a So-So Outing, but New Players Come Through Again". The New York Times. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  18. ^ Cacciola, Scott (May 21, 2013). "A Rarity: a New Yankee the Yankees Developed". The New York Times. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  19. ^ "Yankees Place Derek Jeter On DL; Recall Infielder David Adams". CBS News. Retrieved August 6, 2013.
  20. ^ "Yankees Expand Roster; Call-Up David Adams, Three Pitchers". CBS News New York. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
  21. ^ McCullough, Andy (December 2, 2013). "MLB hot stove: Yankees non-tender Jayson Nix, David Adams, Matt Daley". Newark, New Jersey: The Star-Ledger. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  22. ^ "Indians sign infielder David Adams". MLB.com (Press release). December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
  23. ^ "Orioles add Adams for infield depth". ESPN.com. Associated Press. March 22, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  24. ^ Eddy, Matt (February 7, 2015). "Minor League Transactions: Jan. 30-Feb. 5". Baseball America.
  25. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (November 23, 2015). "Blue Jays sign Kotchman, Mier, Adams to minor league deals". Sportsnet. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  26. ^ "How Yankees are giving prospect who stopped Cliff Lee trade new start". NJ.com. March 2, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 16, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ https://www.silive.com/sports/2019/01/homecoming-of-sorts-for-new-staten-island-yankees-manager-dave-adams.html