One of the Blue Jays’ catching prospects will make his big league debut tonight.
You might have wanted it to be Gabriel Moreno, but it isn’t. It’s Riley Adams, who has been mashing in Triple-A this season. Adams was actually called up earlier this year when Reese McGuire wasn’t yet on the 40-man roster but he never made it into a game.
In a corresponding move, Danny Jansen has been placed on the 10-day Injured List due to the hamstring injury he suffered on Sunday playing Houston.
🔹 We've recalled C Riley Adams, who will wear Number 50 and make his MLB debut tonight
🔹 C Danny Jansen (right hamstring strain) placed on 10-day IL pic.twitter.com/vpIqFjbpdw
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 8, 2021
Adams is currently ranked as Toronto’s No. 18 prospect. Here’s what MLB Pipeline has to say about him…
Adams has a rare physical profile for a catcher at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, which led many to question his long-term future behind the plate coming out of the Draft. He’s made strides in that area recently and has a strong arm, but there’s room to improve with his receiving. Adams’ IQ and game management are the primary reasons the Blue Jays believe he’ll stick behind the plate. The power tool is what’s so appealing about Adams, though, with one of the very best in the organization.
Given his ability to handle the position and hit for legitimate power, it’s easy to envision Adams sticking at the Major League level as a power-hitting backup, but there’s room for him to grow into a more consistent role and he hasn’t yet hit the ceiling of his development.
Adams is slashing a .250/.410/.600 line with six homers down in Triple-A. Let’s hope his swing translates to the Majors because the Blue Jays have been a black hole offensively behind the plate this season.