Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Matthew James Adams, born on August 31, 1988, is an American Professional Baseball First Baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals. Matt Adams grew up in Philipsburg, Centre County, Pennsylvania. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted Matt Adams in the 23rd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. At each level he played in the minor leagues Adams displayed unbelievable hitting ability. His first full-season assignment came in 2010 with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League. In 2011, Adams was named the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year and the Texas League Most Valuable Player (MVP) after hitting .300, a .357 on-base percentage (OBP) and .566 SLG with 32 HR and 101 RBI in 115 games. He set club records in home runs and RBI including eclipsing the mark of 29 HR Colby Rasmus set in 2007. After the season Adams played in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and he was selected to represent the Cardinals in the AFL Rising Stars Game.