David Lee Adams
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 205 lb.
- School University of Virginia
- High School Grandview Prep
- Debut May 15, 2013
David Adams came to the majors in 2013.
Adams hit .548 as a high school sophomore. His senior year, he was All-State after hitting .500. He was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round of the 2005 amateur draft but went on to college. He batted .318/.403/.448 with 57 runs in 62 games as a freshman. Baseball America named him second-team Freshman All-American, behind Jemile Weeks at 2B. In 2007, the sophomore hit .372/.454/.522 with 10 steals in 14 tries, 45 runs and 43 RBI in 60 games, tying for 7th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in average. For the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League, he batted .302/.382/.420 and finished among the league leaders in average (9th, between Allan Dykstra and Matt Hague), doubles (14, 1st), hits (tied for second with 51, even with Yonder Alonso, one behind Shane Peterson) and triples (3, tied for second, one shy of Collin Cowgill).
The next year, David's batting line for Virginia fell to .286/.384/.411 with 48 runs and 51 RBI in 61 contests. He stole 16 bases in 19 tries, tying him for 9th in the ACC in steals. He was 10th in the conference with 41 walks. The New York Yankees picked him in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft, the 106th total selection. He was New York's first position player taken, following hurlers Gerrit Cole, Jeremy Bleich and Scott Bittle. He was signed by scout Scott Lovekamp and made his pro debut that summer.
David made his pro debut with the 2008 Staten Island Yankees and produced at a .257/.350/.393 clip with 45 runs in 67 games. He was 3 for 9 in the postseason. He was 6th in the New York-Penn League in runs (between Kevin Mattison and Ben Guez). He split 2009 between the Charleston RiverDogs (.290/.385/.394 in 67 G) and Tampa Yankees (.281/.360/.498 in 65 G). He led the Yankees chain in doubles (40, 10 more than runners-up Juan Miranda and Shelley Duncan), tied for 7th in triples (8), tied Brandon Laird for third in RBI (75, behind Duncan and Miranda) and was 5th in walks (61, between Duncan and Miranda).
Baseball America rated Adams as having the best strike-zone judgement in the Yankees system in 2010. That year, he hit .309/.393/.507 with 31 runs, 15 doubles and 32 RBI in 39 games for the Trenton Thunder before fracturing his right ankle in late May. He would miss the remainder of the year and need surgeries. Further ankle problems sidelined him three times in 2011, as he saw little action for the GCL Yankees (.429/.469/.643, 13 R, 9 2B in 17 G) and Tampa (.308/.368/.365 in 12 G). He battled more health issues in 2012, missing a month with back spasms. He again did well when healthy, hitting .306/.385/.450 with 23 doubles in 86 games. In the playoffs, he was 8 for 30 with 3 doubles. He followed with a .286 fall for Scottsdale of the Arizona Fall League. He began 2013 with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and was batting .316/.407/.490 after 27 games.
Adams was then called up to replace Chris Nelson on the roster; the injury-plagued Yankees had lost infielders Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez and Kevin Youkilis to injury, given the injury-plagued Adams his chance at the majors. He started at third base and hit 6th in his debut, on May 15th, his 26th birthday, grounding out against Hisashi Iwakuma in his first MLB at-bat. He singled off Iwakuma in the 6th for his first hit, finishing the day 1 for 4. His first homer came five days later off Freddy Garcia.