(BaseballSTL) -- One of the greatest things about spring training is having the chance to see some of the talent in the Cardinals organization. One player who made a big impression in yesterday's loss was first baseman Matt Adams.
Adams is a 23-years-old and was drafted by the Cardinals in the 23rd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He is a player known for his raw power.
He is listed at 6'3" and 230 pounds, that's the exact height and weight that Albert Pujols is listed at but Adams looks nothing like Pujols. It's safer to say that Adams is built more like Detroit Tigers' first baseman Prince Fielder. Adams has a larger body which helps him become an imposing figure at the plate.
Adams bats left and throws right; he spent last season with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals. With the Double-A Cardinals he played 115 of 140 games and was selected to represent the Cards in the Arizona Fall League Rising Star Game. He finished the season batting .300 with 32 homeruns and 101 RBI. Adams struck out only 90 times in 463 at-bats.
The scouting report on Adams is he can hit the ball a long way. He isn't a dead pull hitter. He's shown he has power to the opposite field, which is evident after Tuesday's grand slam to left center field. One problem scouts have seen is he has trouble with handling pitches on the inner half of the plate. Adams was named the 9th best prospect in the Cardinals organization.
Adams is a long shot to make the big league squad this spring but a September call-up isn't out of the realm of possibility. Pujols leaving is just the opportunity that Adams needed. Another season in the minors, hitting like he has, and the first base position for the St. Louis Cardinals is all but his.