Free Agent Profile & Prediction #23: Matt Adams

ST LOUIS, MO – OCTOBER 07: Matt Adams #32 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after hitting a three run home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Four of the National League Divison Series at Busch Stadium on October 7, 2014 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Starting off the first base section of the free agents available, is power hitting left handed hitter Matt Adams, who is entering his age 32 season, after spending a well below average season with the Atlanta Braves in 2020. In that 2020 season, Adams in 16 games hit .184/.216/.347 with a .563 OPS, and struggled, seeing his strikeout numbers reach a career high of 35.3 percent. In his limited chances in 2020, he still showed that he can make solid contact when touching the ball, averaging a 90.1 Exit Velocity on average of all his batted balls. Adams has managed just a .211 batting average against left handed pitchers in his career, so it is in his best interest moving forward to find a platoon role, where he faces right handed pitching on a regular basis.

With the glove, despite his profile as being a bat first player, he has been a pretty suitable player in his career, totaling 12 DRS in his career, and 1 OAA in 2019, which ranks him 19th among all qualified first baseman. Also, Adams has kept his UZR (which measures a fielders ability to save or give up runs) in the positive for his career, being 1.8 runs above replacement level.

While Adams is not a premier player, the 23rd round pick out of DII Slippery Rock University, has has a good career thus far, and is a bat that comes with postseason experiences, and can be a valuable piece off the bench or in a platoon role.

These are the teams I believe are in contention to sign Adams: Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Matt Adams signs a 1yr/2 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .229/.304/.479 .783 OPS 9 HR 29 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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