Adams had his contract purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports. The speedy outfielder pushed the envelope in the minors by batting .333 in his first 13 games, so the Braves decided to give him a chance for a cup of coffee with the big-league club. He'll replace the recently-DFA'd Chase d'Arnaud on the Braves roster, although Adams seems to be destined for a bench role moving forward unless injuries strike. That being said, he could be a cheap source of steals in deeper leagues if the Braves opt to use him liberally in pinch-running situations.
Adams signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Saturday, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports. Adams split time between Double-A and Triple-A with the Yankees and Cubs in 2016, batting 481 times in 121 games. The 27-year-old slashed .266/.342/.388, while adding 44 stolen bases in 49 tries. He also hit 10 home runs and added 56 RBI, though he did strike out in 24.7 percent of his plate appearances. He'll add to Atlanta's minor league outfield depth.
Adams struck out twice and walked once in Double-A Trenton's 7-0 loss to Erie on Thursday. Adams batted .235 this spring with five RBI and two runs scored so it comes as no surprise that he begins the year in Double-A, where he ended the 2015 season. The right fielder produced a .298 average over 373 at-bats last year at Double-A Northwest Arkansas so he could receive a promotion to Triple-A at some point this season if he can replicate those numbers. However, given his career .226 average in Triple-A, it seems unlikely he will be promoted twice this year and end up in the MLB.
Adams was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, but has received an invitation to spring training. Adams was designated for assignment on February 1, but cleared waivers unclaimed. He has plenty of speed, but he will likely spend most of 2016 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, especially after being knocked off the 40-man roster.
Adams was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Monday. Adams struggled in Triple-A with the Royals, batting just .226/.305/.374 in 2015. The 26-year-old outfielder will provide speed on the basepaths but will likely spend most of 2016 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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