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Riley Adams
C | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 235LBS | Age: 24

Draft: 2017 | Rd: 3, #99, Toronto Blue Jays | San Diego
MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 332 287 46 74 11 39 3 .258 .349 .439 .788
Career Minors 1051 904 133 240 21 129 8 .265 .363 .410 .773
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .258 11 39 3 .788
Career Minors .265 21 129 8 .773

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2017 Vancouver Canadians NWL A(Short) 52 227 203 26 62 16 1 3 35 18 50 1 1 5 .305 .374 .438 .813
2018 Dunedin Blue Jays FSL A(Adv) 99 409 349 49 86 26 1 4 43 50 93 3 0 8 .246 .352 .361 .713
2019 2 Teams Minors 100 415 352 58 92 18 2 14 51 46 123 4 1 14 .261 .366 .443 .809
2019 Dunedin Blue Jays FSL A(Adv) 19 83 65 12 18 3 0 3 12 14 18 1 0 4 .277 .434 .462 .895
2019 New Hampshire Fisher Cats EAS AA 81 332 287 46 74 15 2 11 39 32 105 3 1 10 .258 .349 .439 .788

Scouting Report

2020

One of the more intriguing prep catching prospects in the 2014 Draft, Adams – a black belt in karate – stood out for his athleticism and agility behind the plate, as well as right-handed power potential. He passed on signing with the Cubs as a 37th-round pick and honored his commitment to San Diego, where his defense drew mixed reviews from scouts but his bat did not. An All-Star turn in the Cape Cod League, followed by a powerful junior campaign earned him a third-round selection by the Blue Jays in 2017, and he continued to impress during his pro debut in the Short-Season Northwest League. Adams struggled in ’18 following a promotion to the Florida State League but fared better in his brief return to the level last year, earning a move up to Double-A after 19 games. With the Fisher Cats, Adams slashed .258/.349/.439 with 11 home runs, 15 doubles, two triples and 39 RBIs in his final 81 games of the season.

Adams has shown some ability at the plate and increased his power output in each of his three years as a starter at San Diego. He’s a physical specimen, possessing both size and strength that leads the Blue Jays to believe he’ll eventually tap into more raw power as he keeps climbing the pro ranks. Adams understands that there is work to be done with his mechanics, pitch selection and game mentality, and believes that cleaning up his mechanics should help him see the ball better and lay off more pitches, eventually resulting in bigger power numbers. There’s some swing and miss to his game, but he also works deep at-bats and draws his share of walks, leading to solid on-base numbers.

Adams earns high praise from club officials for his all-around defensive skills and his feel for controlling a game and managing pitchers, skills he takes extreme pride in. His arm strength is average but strong catch-and-throw skills enable him to limit the running game, as evidenced by his 39.2 percent caught-stealing rate in his pro career. Those defensive chops could make Adams a backup catcher at the highest level, and any additional progress at the plate could thrust him into consideration for an everyday role.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 45 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 55 | Overall: 40

One of the more intriguing prep catching prospects in the 2014 Draft, Adams, a black belt in karate, stood out for his athleticism and agility behind the plate, as well as his right-handed power potential. He passed on signing with the Cubs as a 37th-round pick and honored his commitment to San Diego, where his defense drew mixed reviews from scouts, but his bat did not. An All-Star turn in the Cape Cod League, followed by a powerful junior campaign earned him a third-round selection by the Blue Jays in 2017, and he continued to impress during his pro debut in the Class A Short Season Northwest League. Adams struggled in 2018 following an assignment straight to the Class A Advanced Florida State League, but he fared better during his return to the level early in 2019.

Adams has shown some ability at the plate and increased his power output in each of his three years as a starter at San Diego. He's a physical specimen, possessing both size and strength that leads the Blue Jays to believe he'll eventually tap into more raw power in the pro ranks. Improving his setup at the plate should help in that regard, and he's made a concerted effort to better use the entire field after employing a more pull-heavy approach in college. There is some swing-and-miss to his game, but he also works deep at-bats and draws his share of walks, leading to solid on-base rates. 

Adams earns high praise from club officials for his all-around defensive skills and his feel for controlling a game and managing pitchers. His arm strength is only average, but strong catch-and-throw skills enable him to limit the running game, as evidenced by his 45.7 percent caught-stealing rate in his first full season. Those defensive chops could make Adams a backup catcher at the highest level, and any additional progress at the plate could thrust him into consideration for an everyday role.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

One of the more intriguing prep catching prospects in the 2014 Draft, Riley, a black belt in karate, stood out for his athleticism and agility behind the plate, as well as his right-handed power potential. He passed on signing with the Cubs as a 37th-round pick and honored his commitment to San Diego, where his defense drew mixed reviews from scouts, but his bat did not. After an All-Star turn in the Cape Cod League, Riley erupted to hit 13 home runs as a junior before going to the Blue Jays in the third round. 

Adams has shown some ability at the plate and increased his power output in each of his three years as a starter at San Diego. Some of that has come because he's a good guess hitter and yanks balls out of the park with a pull-oriented approach that also leads to some swing-and-miss. It worked for him during his pro debut, though, as Riley posted a .305 average with an .812 OPS and 20 extra-base hits in the Class A Short Season Northwest League. Riley is a physical specimen with his size and strength, and the Blue Jays believe they can get him back to tapping into his plus raw power with a better setup at the plate.

In the past, Riley has shown solid defensive skills and a solid arm. Reports out of the Cape and his junior season about his defense were not been overwhelmingly positive, but club officials spoke highly of the improvements Riley made during his pro debut as a blocker, receiver and game-caller, while still throwing out 40.4 percent of would-be basestealers.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Adams was a solid catching prospect coming out of high school, a very flexible, athletic backstop who is a black belt in karate. While some worry that he's lost some of that behind the plate, some success with his bat, coupled with the usual dearth of college catching, helped the University of San Diego backstop become a third-round Draft pick in 2017.

A Cape Cod League All-Star, Adams has shown some ability at the plate and increased his power output in each of his three years as a starter at San Diego. Some of that has come because he's a good guess hitter and pulls balls out of the park, but some scouts feel he has become too spread out at the plate with his Kris Bryant-like stance. In the past, he has shown solid defensive skills and a solid arm, though reports out of the Cape and this spring about his defense have not been overwhelmingly positive.

Adams is big and strong; the raw power is legitimate. The Blue Jays believe they can get him back to tapping into it with a better setup at the plate, all while helping him to refine his defensive play.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
11/20/2020 Toronto Blue Jays selected the contract of C Riley Adams from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
09/29/2020 C Riley Adams assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Blue Jays Alternate Training Site.
07/19/2020 C Riley Adams assigned to Blue Jays Alternate Training Site from New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
02/07/2020 Toronto Blue Jays invited non-roster C Riley Adams to spring training.
05/03/2019 C Riley Adams assigned to New Hampshire Fisher Cats from Dunedin Blue Jays.
02/23/2019 C Riley Adams assigned to Toronto Blue Jays.
06/15/2018 C Riley Adams assigned to FSL North Division All-Stars.
04/02/2018 C Riley Adams assigned to Dunedin Blue Jays from Vancouver Canadians.
02/25/2018 C Riley Adams assigned to Toronto Blue Jays.
06/22/2017 C Riley Adams assigned to Vancouver Canadians.
06/19/2017 Toronto Blue Jays signed C Riley Adams.
02/25/2017 C Riley Adams assigned to San Diego Torreros.