May 5, 2011, 7:05 PM EST
J.P. Ricciardi’s first draft pick in his stint as the Toronto Blue Jays GM retired Thursday, as Triple-A Buffalo’s Russ Adams called it a career.
Adams was the 14th overall pick in the 2002 draft. After three steady seasons in the minors, he debuted with the Blue Jays in 2004, hitting .306/.359/.528 with four homers in 78 at-bats. That earned him a starting job in 2005. He went on to hit a respectable .256/.325/.383 with eight homers and 63 RBI. However, the Blue Jays soured on him defensively as the year went on.
As it turned out, those 139 major league games he played in as a rookie were more than he’d play in the rest of his career combined. The Blue Jays completely gave up on him as a shortstop after a 2006 season in which he hit .219/.282/.319 in 90 games, and since he didn’t really impress at second or third either, he was unable to carve out a career as a utilityman. He was last seen in the majors in eight games with the Jays in 2009.
This year was his second with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. He hit a solid .264/.444/.473 with 16 homers last year, but he was off to a poor .180/.296/.246 start in 72 at-bats this season.
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