Cristhian Adames was finally afforded a full-time spot on the 25-man roster after spending the bulk of the prior two seasons at Triple-A, but the infielder still didn't put together much of a campaign. The 25-year-old's hallmark has always been his glove, and it was evident that his bat is still playing second fiddle, as he only mustered a .218 average. He walked nearly 10 percent of the time, but managed a mere 12 extra-base hits in 256 at-bats (four in 119 at-bats on the road). The switch-hitter will likely continue to have a role as a utility infielder for Colorado given his ability to play third base and second base to go with his native shortstop. However, with Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu, and Trevor Story keeping the infield positions on lockdown, Adames' ceiling is severely limited.
Adames is on the Rockies' Opening Day roster, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. Adames seemed to be on the outside looking in for a roster spot toward the end of Cactus League play, but with the demotion of prospect Jordan Patterson, Adames will get the opportunity to suit up for Colorado's opener in Milwaukee. He isn't tabbed for too much playing time and doesn't have great stats at the major-league level to increase his stock, but he recently added first base to his defensive repertoire, so he could enter the lineup as a defensive replacement toward the end of games if the need arises.
Adames is 11-for-42 (.262) with three home runs in 23 Cactus League games. Adames is incorporating first base into his defensive repertoire in an effort to land an Opening Day roster spot, and his bat is helping to strengthen his argument. However, the power surge might not be enough to help the switch-hitter punch his ticket to the big leagues, as Jordan Patterson and Stephen Cardullo seem to be the front-runners to fill the void left after Ian Desmond (hand) went down due to injury.
Adames was practicing at first base Monday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. The switch-hitting utility man seems to be pretty low in the pecking order compared to Mark Reynolds, Jordan Patterson and Stephen Cardullo, but this development could add some value to his game as he attempts to win a reserve super-utility job out of spring training. Alexi Amarista also seems to have that market cornered, but given Adames' outstanding Cactus League showing thus far (1.010 OPS, two home runs in 27 plate appearances), he could force the Rockies to open up a spot for him.
Adames' roster spot could be in jeopardy with Alexi Amarista vying for a reserve utility role this spring, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. Adames was afforded a sizable amount of playing time last season after Trevor Story (thumb) went down due to injury, but his batting line at the end of the season sat at a measly .218/.304/.302. The one thing going for the switch hitter is that he is out of options, meaning the Rockies would need to expose him to waivers if they wanted to send him back to the minor leagues, although with Amarista now in tow and prospect Pat Valaika also in the mix, Adames appears to be the odd man out as things stand now. This could change if the 25-year-old has a strong spring showing, although it's hard to fathom that the Rockies wouldn't give the nod to Amarista after investing over $1 million in him over the offseason.
Adames is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Jenny Cavner of ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain Region reports. Adames saw a string of starts last week when Daniel Descalso was on the paternity list, but his window for extensive action seems to have closed. Descalso hit a pinch-hit homer Friday and homered again while starting in Saturday's game, so he'll be rewarded with another start at shortstop Sunday. Adames may now have to settle for splitting duties at the position with Descalso in a best-case scenario.
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