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Jays Roster Move: Jansen to IL, Adams Up

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We knew this was coming:

  • Danny Jansen joins the crowd on the IL, they are calling it a hamstring strain.
  • Riley Adams gets called back up, and this time he’ll get into at least one game. He is in the lineup tonight.

Adams has played 19 games for the Bisons, hitting .250/.410/.600 with 6 home runs, 14 walks, and 23 strikeouts. Gabriel Moreno has been getting all the ink, but Adams is having a great season too.

Jansen has been having a rough season, hitting .157/.248/.278 with 3 home runs, 12 walks, and 31 strikeouts.

If Adams shows well, it isn’t hard to imagine that he could keep an MLB job.

Riley was #15 on our top 40 prospect list in 2019. Matt wrote:

His strikeout walk blew out to 32% from 22% career previously, but his swinging strike rate wasn’t outrageous at 13%, so I’d expect at some some regression. The real development was Adams finally hitting for some power, as he did in college and as his frame would suggest. His 14 home runs were double his career total entering the year.

Defensively, there’s been question marks about him sticking given his 6’4” frame, but the arm is legit and having watched most games he looked fine to me behind the plate.

Ultimately, if Adams sticks behind the plate, the strikeouts shouldn’t be an issue because the bat should be plenty to profile as a regular. The risk as always been that if he moved out from the plate, there was going to be a lot of pressure on his bat in an outfield corner.

Keith Law put Adams number 20 on this year’s top 20 Jays prospect list but has this:

Adams looks like a quality backup catcher with patience and some pop, more than adequate behind the plate and unlikely to hit for enough average to be a regular.

Before the season we asked if Adams would play in the majors this year, 30% of yes got it right by saying yes.

Adams gets to play tonight, against the lefty Carlos Rodon. I’m guessing that Charlie plays him and McGuire strictly on what arm the starting pitcher uses, but I’d be thrilled if Adams gets more playing time. We might as well see what he can do.

Santiago Espinal and Jonathan Davis are in tonight.

It is sad news when anyone loses their job, but this makes me sad: