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Ricky Lee Adams

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Ricky Adams was drafted by the Houston Astros in the first round (14th pick) of the 1977 amateur draft.

The 18-year-old infielder spent his first season with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Astros. He appeared in 39 games, was at the plate 151 times, had 34 base hits for a .225 batting average. He spent 1978 and 1979 with the Daytona Beach Astros, hitting .222 and .292. On April 4, 1980 he was released by the Astros.

On May 2, 1980 he signed as a free agent with the California Angels. Adams spent time the next three seasons with the Salinas Angels, El Paso Diablos, and the Holyoke Millers before getting a shot at major league pitching. The 1982 California Angels had him up for 8 games and 14 at bats late in the season. He was with the Angels again in 1983 where he appeared in 58 games with 112 at bats and had 28 hits for a .250 batting average. Ricky was sent to the AAA Edmonton Trappers for the last half of the season where he came up with a .313 batting average.

Ricky spent the entire 1984 year with the Edmonton Trappers, where he hit .286 in 105 games. On October 15th, he was granted free agency. Shortly thereafter, on December 25th he signed as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants.

Adams spent 54 games with the 1985 San Francisco Giants, had 121 at bats but only managed 23 hits for a .228 batting average. This sent him back to the AAA Phoenix Giants where he appeared in 42 games with 154 at bats, 47 base hits and a .305 batting average.

He appeared in only 18 games in 1986 for the Phoenix Firebirds and in an unanounced transaction he spent 1987, his final year, with two Angels affiliates, the Edmonton Trappers and the Midland Angels.

Adams spent 11 seasons in professional baseball. He managed a major league batting average of .215 and a fielding percentage of .962. His minor league batting average topped out at .273 and he fielded at a .970 number.

It was reported that he died of cancer in 2011 after a long battle.

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