So: Matt Adams can hit for power. As your source for obvious St. Louis Cardinals news and analysis I'd like to suggest that his nine games in a Major League lineup have made it clear that the guy who slugged .541 in 464 Midwest League at-bats, .566 in 463 Texas League at-bats, and .603 in 141 Pacific Coast League at-bats can, has, and will continue to mash a lot of extra-base hits at the Major League level. Better yet: He's hit his first big-league home run, so now my rational side and my irrational side can both enjoy him together.â†µ
Tuesday morning he's hitting every bit of .382/.417/.618, with five doubles and a home run in 34 at-bats, so right now it doesn't even matter—as it didn't when he was hitting .340 in AAA Memphis—whether he doesn't walk because he has less plate discipline than the average first-base-bound slugger or just isn't walking because he hasn't needed to yet. He's answered none of the questions we have about him except the most obvious one: Yes, he hits the ball very hard.
Which I'm okay with, right now. With Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter still on the way back and Lance Berkman, after his successful knee surgery, lurking again as this season's primary option at the position, Matt Adams is in a great position; either he'll succeed brilliantly or fail only temporarily.â†µ