May 22, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees third baseman David Adams (39) hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Yankees 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

David Adams, Brett Wallace – Baltimore Orioles Pick-ups

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Is Dan Duquette the Imelda Marcos of the Baltimore Orioles? The who? Some of you reading this are likely too young to remember the wife of The Philippines’ ousted Dictator Ferdinand Marcos. She garnered worldwide fame for her excessive lifestyle when it was revealed that she left behind over 1200 pairs of shoes. So does DD collect and horde ballplayers in this fashion?

Or maybe a better illustration is a do-it-yourselfer dude and Home Depot. At some point when I got a credit card there, I became an email client where I get a daily ‘deal of the day’ notification. I suppose some men cannot resist running into the orange box store and making the most of the sale, whether they need that tool or not! Is that the way Duquette is with the waiver wire?

Over the weekend the Orioles have signed two infielders to minor league deals: former Yankees second baseman David Adams – who was claimed off waivers from the Indians, and Brett Wallace – a corner infielder who played portions of four seasons with the Astros.

Probably most Orioles fans wonder “why?”  Why get these guys with very marginal statistics who are so unlikely to really make an impact, and who sometimes clog up the system? Actually, these are not players who clog the system, as the Orioles do need to fill out the position player roles with sufficient level-appropriate talent throughout the organization.

And yes, most of these acquisitions are long-shot types, and each of these most recent additions are in their age 27 year. But a common theme for both Adams and Wallace – and almost always with these deals – is that they were high draft choices. There was something about them in terms of their past performances and athleticism that had them valued so highly, and perhaps something will at long last click and they will put the pieces together such that the Orioles really have something.

Some years ago I had befriended a young man who was a minor league player for the Hagerstown Suns when they were a Toronto affiliate. He was a late-round draft pick but was hitting very well – well into the .300s, whereas another top-round draftee hitting 100 points less was advanced up the system instead. Noting this situation, I remember the guy telling me, “Top draft picks will be given innumerable opportunities to prove that can’t do it, whereas a late-round guy like me will only have a short window of time to prove that we can.”

So that is some of what we are seeing here with these, and other choices. But let’s look at and comment on the stats …

David Adams career stats – all from 2013 Yankees …

Year

Age

Tm

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

2013

26

NYY

43

152

140

10

27

5

1

2

13

0

0

9

43

.193

.252

.286

.537

 

Maybe a reason for Duquette to get Adams into the Orioles organization is because he was a short-term Birds killer. Notice that his two career home runs are against Baltimore – the one team he hit well against. And notice that the picture above is of one of his homers at Oriole Park.

David Adams stats against the Orioles …

Split

G

GS

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

Baltimore Orioles

8

7

28

23

3

7

0

0

2

2

5

5

.304

.429

.565

.994

 

David Adams career minor league stats …

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

2008

21

NYY-min A-

67

297

257

45

66

19

2

4

31

8

2

32

57

.257

.350

.393

.743

2009

22

NYY-min A,A+

132

569

490

69

140

40

8

7

75

11

8

61

88

.286

.373

.443

.816

2010

23

NYY-min AA

39

173

152

31

47

15

3

3

32

5

2

18

31

.309

.393

.507

.900

2011

24

NYY-min Rk,A+

29

121

108

19

40

12

0

1

15

2

3

9

18

.370

.421

.509

.931

2012

25

NYY-min AA

86

383

327

44

100

23

0

8

48

3

1

38

53

.306

.385

.450

.834

2013

26

NYY-min AAA

59

255

220

28

59

11

2

5

21

0

0

29

43

.268

.366

.405

.771

 

Brett Wallace was only 2-for-14 with the Astros this spring. He was a first-round, #13 overall pick in 2008 and has a career .242 average. Here are his career numbers.

Year

Age

Tm

Lg

G

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

2010

23

HOU NL

51

159

144

14

32

6

1

2

13

0

0

8

50

.222

.296

.319

.615

2011

24

HOU NL

115

379

336

37

87

22

0

5

29

1

1

36

91

.259

.334

.369

.703

2012

25

HOU NL

66

254

229

24

58

10

1

9

24

0

0

18

73

.253

.323

.424

.746

2013

26

HOU AL

79

285

262

35

58

14

1

13

36

1

1

18

104

.221

.284

.431

.716

4 Yrs

311

1077

971

110

235

52

3

29

102

2

2

80

318

.242

.313

.391

.704

 

For more thoughts and perspectives on these players, see our Baltimore Wire writer Nate Wardle’s excellent piece HERE.

 

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