Matt Adams: Meet Your New St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman (Probably)

So: Lance Berkman is injured, and while he's not on the disabled list yet the injury didn't look good at the time. Meanwhile: The Memphis Redbirds pulled top St. Louis Cardinals first base prospect Matt Adams off the field in mid-game, something they would not do lightly since he is perhaps their only competent hitter. I suppose they could be trading Matt Adams for a first baseman, or getting Mark Hamilton some extra reps at first, but I'm willing, here on Sunday, to assume that their plan is to call Matt Adams up should filling Berkman's roster spot become necessary.

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So: Matt Adams is listed at 6'3", 230, which is almost certainly not correct. He's not Prince Fielder, and he gets good marks for athleticism, but he is a big, big man and will not be playing the outfield. He can hit the ball really hard, but he's interesting because he can also hit the ball really frequently; he hit .300/.357/.566 last year, with 32 home runs and 101 RBI, and upon earning this year's promotion to AAA he's hit .340/.375/.603, with nine home runs so far and 19 extra-base hits. (He doesn't walk as much as you'd like to see, but that hasn't been a problem yet.)

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His walk rate means it's hard to see him as a future All-Star with his current skill-set, but he could well be an average—and very exciting—first baseman in the very near future. Which is good, given Lance Berkman's nebulous knee injury.

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