Former Wahoo David Adams Making an Impact with the Yankees
Former UVa baseball star David Adams has had a pretty good first week in the big leagues. He's batting .308 for the Yankees in his first seven games with eight hits, three RBI and two home runs.
He got a hit in his very first big league game. A few days later Adams hit his first major league home run.
Adams says, "As a hitter, I'm just trying to make contact, so when it happened I was just like oh my gosh, I didn't know what to think, but at the end of the day, I just hoped we win."
Unlike many of the guys on the Yankees roster, Adams was drafted by New York and developed through the Yankees minor league system. He's now teammates with some of the greatest.
Adams says, "With guys such as Cano and Jeter, Hall of Famers, Mariano, its overwhelming so you quickly have to get rid of that and just understand that you have to go out and play."
At Virginia Adams battled .325 during his three year career with 16 home runs. He had 84 hits his junior season, sixth most in UVa school history for a single season. Adams was drafted by the Yankees in the third round in 2008.
UVa coach Brian O'Connor says, " David was one of those great players here who helped us build the foundation of what is Virginia baseball. You talk about a consistent player, that's what I think of when I think of David Adams."
Adams says his coaches at UVa helped him get to where he is today.
"I think the biggest thing with them is they preach mental toughness, they turn young guys into men. Going there has allowed me to mature quickly mentally and physically, so that I can be where I am today."
Adams is a natural middle infielder. He's currently playing third base.
Yankees manager Joe Giradi says, " He's played extremely well, he's done everything we've asked. Offensively and defensively he's been very, very good for us."
David Adams was called up to the big leagues after the Yankees suffered a handful of injuries. Adams goes about his daily routine not knowing how long he will stay with he Yankees and even what his big league future is with the organization.
Adams says, "I try not to think about it honestly Marty. I know what my role is. I know we have guys like Youkilis and A-Rod in this organization so for me its just going out there and working hard"
Giradi says, "Control what you can control, go play well. If you play well at this level, you're going to play, that's the bottom line."
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Marty Hudtloff is the Sports Director at WVIR-TV. He joined the NBC29 sports team in October of 2003. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University. You can reach out to Marty via Email or Twitter.