Toronto Blue Jays prospect Riley Adams has always had an analytical mind.
Whether it’s trying to eradicate an invasive species for the California State Science Fair, or making the switch in high school from shortstop to full-time catcher, the Encinitas, Calif., native doesn’t make a decision without putting some considerable thought into it.
“At first it was a little unusual and different,” Adams’ father, Matt, says on this week’s In The System of his son’s switch to catching. “But then he loved being involved in every play, having the ball in his hands all the time, being that coach on the field.”
The Blue Jays drafted the 21-year-old in the third-round of the 2017 MLB Draft, and are betting on his projectable six-foot-four frame to become that of a starting backstop someday, capable of hurting opponents with his mind and his bat.
“One thing about Riley is he’s a quiet leader, but a very stable presence there behind home plate,” says Gil Kim, Blue Jays director of player development. “He takes his leadership of the pitching staff seriously … and then he can hurt you in a lot of ways because he’s a solid offensive player as well.”
Get to know Adams by watching the latest episode of In The System below: