Join Jays From the Couch as we review the highlights and lowlights of Toronto Blue Jays top prospect Riley Adams 2017 season
Riley Adams made his professional debut in 2017 after being selected in the 3rd the round of this year’s draft. After a successful rookie season, MLB Pipeline has him ranked in the middle of Toronto’s Top 30 Prospects at number 16.
Adams spent the entire minor league season as a member of the Short-Season A-Ball Vancouver Canadians.
Sorry, the Northwest League Champion Vancouver Canadians.
Adams showed off good power (.133 ISO); unfortunately, with a little too much swing and miss. He caught 34 games and handled himself very well.
Adams’ Career Stats
Adams lead the C’s in doubles and was second in home runs, runs batted in, and total bases. In a nutshell, Adams’ production was well above league average with the bat. He produced a .378 wOBA with a 132 wRC+.
He had two 4-hit games, two 3-hit games, and eleven 2-hit games.
The 21-yr-old frequently hit the ball hard, despite posting a high 49.7 GB% and 1.50 GB/FB. Adams finished with a 17.2 line drive percentage and a solid .391 BABIP. His top 3 hit locations were to right and center field (32) and left field (26). Fangraphs shows that Adams pulled the ball 43.2% of the time and used the opposite field 31.0%.
Behind the plate, Adams posted a .994 fielding percentage after committing 2 errors and allowing 3 passed balls. He threw out 40% of 47 stolen base attempts, finishing with 19 CS. Not bad for a guy Baseball America described as possessing well below-average receiving and blocking skills and in need of significant work.
The Encinitas, California native enjoyed equal success versus LHP and RHP, batting .310 off both handed pitchings. He enjoyed his best month in August with a .329 batting average, 13 runs scored, 4 doubles, a triple, a home run, and 13 RBI. Adams increased his walk total from 4 to 11 and posted a .432 OPS.
Riley Adams had his best game on June 25th against the Spokane Indians with a 4-for-4 game. He collected a pair doubles, a home run, 3 runs batted in, and a run scored.
There wasn’t much not to like about Riley Adams rookie season. Two of Adams’ Top 3 plate appearance outcomes resulted in an out. Adams struck out (50), singled (42), or ground out (35) more than any other outcome.
With 50 strikeouts, Riley Adams struck out 22.0% of his plate appearances versus walking just 7.9%. With a lot of swing and miss in the 6-foot-4 catcher’s game, he posted a not so pretty .36 BB/K.
That’s all I’ve got.
The safe bet for Riley Adams would be to have him start 2018 in Lansing with the Lugnuts. I expect that Adams will get the bulk of the reps behind the plate. Don’t expect Adams turn into an on-base machine in 2018, he may total over 100 strikeouts.
The Toronto Blue Jays have several solid catching prospects in the system, from Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire in the upper minors to Hagen Danner and Riley Adams in the lower minors. With that depth and questions surrounding his ability behind the plate, the Blue Jays may start looking at Adams in different positions.