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Exit Interview: Matt Adams

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Filed Under: St. Louis Cardinals
To give myself a reason to look back on this season, I've started this series of blog posts to review each player that spent time in St. Louis during 2012.  More summaries than anything, I imagine the player coming into Mike Matheny's office and having a short conference before heading home for the winter.

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Player: Matt Adams

Season stats: 27 games, 86 AB, 6 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 5 BB, 24 K, .244/.286/.384

Hero/Goat: Hero twice, Goat once

Overall grade: C

Positives: Adams continued to rake in the minor leagues, only losing his status as the Cardinals top offensive prospect due to 1) making it to the big leagues and 2) the emergence of Oscar Taveras.  He got the call to St. Louis and made his debut May 20 against the Dodgers due to Allen Craig's injury.  Adams also showed that his power would translate to the bigs with eight extra-base hits in 86 at-bats.  He had two three-hit games in May and 13 of his 21 hits in the majors came in his first nine games.

Negatives: The league caught up to Adams after a while, as he hit .154/.200/.231 after that initial hot run.  Adams returned to Memphis in June and did well until he was placed on the disabled list in early July.  He returned after a couple of weeks, but eventually was shut down in mid-August and needed surgery on his elbow.  He is expected to be fully recovered before next spring.

Outlook: While his cold stretch at the big leagues didn't help matters, the biggest obstacle in the way of Adams is playing time.  Adams is limited to first base, a position that Craig is more than ably filling.  Craig in theory could move to right, but that's Carlos Beltran's slot and there are more than enough bodies that could fill in out there as well.  It seems likely, if the Cardinals do make a move this offseason, that Adams would be one of the chips involved.  If not, he'll come to spring training and most likely plan to spend another year in Memphis, waiting on an injury to the big league squad.


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I think that's exactly what happens, he sticks around and fills in in case of injury, which in a long season is very likely. Hopefully. Adams stays Around & continues to learn and imorove. There may be teams willing to start Adams if they could trade for him. All the more reason to keep him. I hate bringing along good young players and trading them .
Good article

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Heroes
Carlos Beltran (6)
Yadier Molina (5)
Matt Holliday (4)
Jon Jay (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Pete Kozma (3)
Shelby Miller (3)
Adam Wainwright (3)
Allen Craig (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Tyler Lyons (2)
Edward Mujica (2)
Jake Westbrook (2)
David Freese (1)
Joe Kelly (1)
Seth Maness (1)
Trevor Rosenthal (1)
Michael Wacha (1)
Ty Wigginton (1)

2012 Top Hero: Matt Holliday (17)
2011 Top Hero: Lance Berkman (24)
2010 Top Heroes: Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols (24)
2009 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (28)
2008 Top Hero: Albert Pujols (25)

Goats
Jon Jay (6)
David Freese (5)
Mitchell Boggs (4)
Joe Kelly (4)
Pete Kozma (4)
Matt Carpenter (3)
Allen Craig (3)
Daniel Descalso (3)
Jaime Garcia (3)
Yadier Molina (3)
Matt Adams (2)
Carlos Beltran (2)
Matt Carpenter (2)
Matt Holliday (2)
Lance Lynn (2)
Seth Maness (1)
Shane Robinson (1)
Fernando Salas (1)
Adam Wainwright (1)
Jake Westbrook (1)

2012 Top Goat: Rafael Furcal (11)
2011 Top Goat: Ryan Theriot (12)
2010 Top Goat: Brendan Ryan (14)
2009 Top Goats: Rick Ankiel and Todd Wellemeyer (13)
2008 Top Goat: Troy Glaus (13)

Cardinal Nation Approval Ratings (March 2013)
Yadier Molina 96.2% (up 8.8%)
Chris Carpenter 89.8% (down 0.3%)
Derrick Goold 89.1% (up 6.3%)
Matt Holliday 88.4% (up 0.9%)
Allen Craig 88.3%
Adam Wainwright 88.2% (down 3.7%)
Jose Oquendo 87.1% (up 2.4%)
Jason Motte 86.9%
John Mozeliak 86.5% (up 1.1%)
United Cardinal Bloggers 85.2% (up 6.3%)
Bill DeWitt 85.1% (up 5.3%)
Mike Shannon 85.1% (down 0.2%)
John Rooney 84.5% (up 3.0%)
Mike Matheny 84.4% (up 3.3%)
David Freese 82.9% (down 2.6%)
Jon Jay 81.8% (up 10.7%)
Lance Berkman 80.6% (down 8.0%)
Jenifer Langosch 79.5%
Lance Lynn 79.5%
Dan McLaughlin 76.0% (up 8.0%)
Jim Hayes 73.0% (up 1.1%)
Ricky Horton 65.5% (down 2.0%)
Jaime Garcia 64.1%
Albert Pujols 59.2% (up 4.3%)
Ballpark Village 58.3%
Joe Strauss 54.3% (down 13.4%)

2012
Tony La Russa 88.2% (up 17.4%)
Mark McGwire 82.6% (up 20.1%)
Skip Schumaker 73.3% (up 9.2%)
B.J. Rains 69.5% (down 0.9%)
Kyle Lohse 68.9% (up 13.8%)
Al Hrabosky 66.4% (up 3.2%)
Colby Rasmus 46.5% (down 35.3%)

2011
Dave Duncan 87.9% (up 0.9%)
Matthew Leach 85.5%
Pop Warner 76.7%
Ryan Franklin 72.8% (up 3.1%)
John Vuch 68.9%
Jeff Luhnow 66.4%
Dan Lozano 58.7%

2009
Rick Ankiel 83.9%
Chris Duncan 69.1%


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