Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Russ Adams retired from baseball yesterday after a poor start at Triple A Buffalo. He finishes his career with 993 plate appearances over 286 games, putting up a .685 OPS, after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays fourteenth overall in the 2002 amateur draft.
He didn’t quite live up to being picked that early. From the 2002 draft:
|Pick||Team||Player||Pos||WAR ▾||Type||Drafted Out of|
|6||Royals||Zack Greinke||RHP||22.8||HS||Apopka HS (Apopka, FL)|
|25||Giants||Matt Cain||RHP||20.1||HS||Houston HS (Germantown, TN)|
|17||Phillies||Cole Hamels||LHP||17.1||HS||Rancho Bernardo HS (San Diego, CA)|
|15||Mets||Scott Kazmir||LHP||17.0||HS||Cypress Falls HS (Houston, TX)|
|16||Athletics via Red Sox||*Nick Swisher||1B||15.9||Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)|
|7||Brewers||Prince Fielder||1B||15.8||HS||Eau Gallie HS (Melbourne, FL)|
|22||Indians||Jeremy Guthrie||RHP||14.4||Stanford University (Stanford, CA)|
|2||Devil Rays||B.J. Upton||SS||13.1||HS||Greenbrier Christian Academy (Chesapeake, VA)|
|24||Athletics via Yankees||*Joe Blanton||RHP||10.8||University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)|
|13||Padres||Khalil Greene||SS||8.1||Clemson University (Clemson, SC)|
|12||Angels||Joe Saunders||LHP||8.0||Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA)|
|20||Twins||Denard Span||OF||7.2||HS||Tampa Catholic HS (Tampa, FL)|
|9||Rockies||Jeff Francis||LHP||6.5||University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)|
|19||Dodgers||James Loney||1B||4.6||HS||Lawrence E Elkins HS (Missouri City, TX)|
|23||Braves||Jeff Francoeur||OF||4.0||HS||Parkview HS (Lilburn, GA)|
|11||Marlins||Jeremy Hermida||OF||3.1||HS||Wheeler HS (Marietta, GA)|
|27||Diamondbacks||Sergio Santos||SS||1.4||HS||Mater Dei HS (Santa Ana, CA)|
|4||Orioles||Adam Loewen||LHP||0.9||HS||Fraser Valley Christian HS (Surrey, BC)|
|35||Athletics||*Jeremy Brown||C||0.0||University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL)|
|10||Rangers||Drew Meyer||SS||-0.3||University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)|
|1||Pirates||Bryan Bullington||RHP||-0.4||Ball State University (Muncie, IN)|
|28||Mariners||John Mayberry||OF||-0.4||HS||Rockhurst HS (Kansas City, MO)|
|39||Athletics||*Mark Teahen||3B||-0.7||St. Mary’s College of California (Moraga, CA)|
|8||Tigers||Scott Moore||SS||-0.9||HS||Cypress HS (Cypress, CA)|
|18||White Sox||Royce Ring||LHP||-1.0||San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)|
|14||Blue Jays||Russ Adams||SS||-1.1||University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC)|
|34||Braves||*Dan Meyer||LHP||-1.4||James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)|
|3||Reds||Chris Gruler (minors)||RHP||HS||Liberty Union HS (Oakley, CA)|
|5||Expos||Clint Everts (minors)||RHP||HS||Cypress Falls HS (Houston, TX)|
|21||Cubs||Bobby Brownlie (minors)||RHP||Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)|
|26||Athletics||John McCurdy (minors)||SS||University of Maryland (College Park, MD)|
|29||Astros||Derick Grigsby (minors)||RHP||JC||Northeast Texas CC (Mount Pleasant, TX)|
|30||Athletics via Cardinals||*Ben Fritz (minors)||RHP||Fresno State University (Fresno, CA)|
|31||Dodgers||*Greg Miller (minors)||LHP||HS||Esperanza HS (Yorba Linda, CA)|
|32||Cubs||*Luke Hagerty (minors)||LHP||Ball State University (Muncie, IN)|
|33||Indians||*Matthew Whitney (minors)||3B||HS||Palm Beach Gardens HS (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)|
|36||Cubs||*Chadd Blasko (minors)||RHP||Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)|
|37||Athletics||*Steve Obenchain (minors)||RHP||University of Evansville (Evansville, IN)|
|38||Cubs||*Matt Clanton (minors)||RHP||JC||Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA)|
|40||Reds||*Mark Schramek (minors)||3B||University of Texas (Austin, TX)|
|41||Indians||*Micah Schilling (minors)||2B||HS||Silliman Institute (Clinton, LA)|
It’s become almost impossible for Blue Jays fans to separate Adams failure with the shortcomings of former general manager J.P. Ricciardi, who made the middle infielder his first ever draft pick. But while selecting Adams ahead of Matt Cain, Cole Hamels and Nick Swisher was bad enough, Adams and Ricciardi’s legacy will forever be remembered for standing in the way of drafting Troy Tulowitzki as a shortstop in 2005.
Just over a year later, after 90 games in 2006, the Blue Jays gave up on Adams as a Major League shortstop and they began pushing their revolving door at that position picking up stop gaps and relying on John McDonald until Yunel Escobar joined the team last season from the Atlanta Braves. Tulowitzki, of course, is currently enjoying an alright career with the Colorado Rockies.
And The Rest:
After Snidering the Minor Leagues so far this year, Eric Hosmer will be making his Major League debut with the Kansas City Royals shortly.
Matt Stairs was the final player to be on an active roster the entire season to get a hit. It just so happened it was his 100th career pinch hit.
An interesting profile on Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers.
The Texas Rangers finally confirmed that they have signed Cuban outfielder Leonys Martin.
Rob Neyer is being a meany with his tweets, and somebody is telling.
Tim McCarver has already apologized for that time he was being a meany about the Mets owners.
Curtis Granderson continues being awesome on and off the field.
The Minnesota Twins are getting tough with their players, and of course it’s the right way.
Mark McGwire goes out on a limb and predicts good things for Mike Stanton.
A critical rereading of Bill James is pretty enlightening.
Your guide to company softball.
Finally, it’s Shin-Soo Choo’s sobriety test. All 18 minutes of it: