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.

Technically speaking, the players on the Los Angeles Dodgers could become free agents if they’re not paid. Chad Billingsley might look nice in a Blue Jays uniform.

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.

Jonathan Sanchez = 110%.

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.

The rest of San Francisco may be going crazy for Jose Reyes, but Brian Sabean is keeping quiet. Maybe he’s finally in shocked silence like the rest of us over his signing of Miguel Tejada.

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: