Prospect Q&A: Matt Adams
John Parker (special to MLB.com) and MiLB.com recently held an interview with St. Louis Cardinals’ top Minor League 1B prospect, Matt Adams, to reflect on last season’s success and discuss his plans for this upcoming season.
Adams is coming off an extremely successful season in which he was named the TEX League Player of the Year. He hit .300 with 32 home runs, 101 RBI and also posted a .357 OBP, a .566 slugging percentage and an OPS of .923.
MiLB.com: What have you been up to during the offseason?
Matt Adams: I had a sore knee towards the end of the Fall League and missed the last two weeks there, then gave myself another week off here at home. Since then I’ve been working out with a trainer and doing a lot of hitting in the cage.
MiLB.com: It’s said that the hardest jump for Minor Leaguers to make as they move up the ladder is that to Double-A. You skipped over Class A Advanced altogether on your way to the Texas League. At what point did you find out that you’d be headed to Springfield instead of Palm Beach?
Adams: I had an idea that I’d be on the Double-A roster by the last week of Spring Training. It didn’t really matter to me where I went, but when they sent me to Springfield, I definitely wanted to convince them they hadn’t made a mistake.
MiLB.com: How much thought have you given to the fact that there’s a hole to fill at first base in St. Louis with Albert Pujols having departed to the Angels?
Adams: I hated to see Albert go. He brought so much to the team and the organization. He’s an amazing player. I’m concentrating on improving my own game more than where I’m playing, but yeah, it’s exciting to maybe have an opportunity to contribute.
The interview, in its entirety, can be found here.