Monday, April 25, 2016

Get to know your immediate future

Lane Adams is 26 years old and briefly played in the majors for Kansas City in 2014. A strapping, good-looking lad (sorry, girls, he's taken!), Lane is hitting a more than respectable .286 for Scranton/WilkesBarre/
Old Forge/Taylor/Moosic/Duryea/Avoca/Dupont, with a nimble .348 OBP and .333 slugging percentage. Although he trails the team's leading slugger, Nick Swisher, who has posted a .382 BA with 2 HRs in 34 at-bats, or catcher Gary Sanchez's 27 total bases in 52 ABs, Lane is a feared competitor who is willing to push his 6'3", 220-pound frame if it can make a difference to the team. 

Smooth and slick in the outfield, the fleet-footed Lane has handled 13 putouts flawlessly for the RailRiders and notched an assist with his howitzer of a right arm. (The site MLB Trade Rumors is high on his "strong defensive chops"!) He is coming off what is arguably his best year ever, hitting .298 with a solid 12 HRs in 97 games for the double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

On the personal front, Lane describes himself on Twitter as "Outfielder. Oklahoman. Slugging % enthusiast," and a lover of "all things Real Estate and Biomechanics." So he'll appreciate the New York-area property market and be able to put his biomechanical skills to work in the crowded Yankees training room. A class act, he tweeted his gratitude to the KC Royals when they released him, and is excited to be with the Yankees organization. He still follows his alma mater Red Oak High School basketball team, Class B state champs for 2016.

RailRiders fans may have seen Lane zipping toward the park from the player parking lot on his scooter, just another example of his happy-go-lucky sense of humor. (On Twitter, he joked that Marco Rubio wasn't a good candidate because you have to manually hold down the handle when you pump gas in Florida--well, it made us laugh!)

A good guy, smart player and devoted husband, Lane Adams keeps an ear cocked toward the clubhouse phone for the call he knows is coming -- along with another shot at the Big Show. Even outside of Northwest Arkansas, he is truly a "Natural" destined for Yankees pinstripes. 


Alphonso said...

Add another item, then, to our Xmas wish list. A young, untapped talent in the Yankees organization, who will never play for them.

You just know, it will be Swisher they bring up.

Add to the old, continue to develop the young until they are old.

Never give the fans what they want to see. Just what Cashman thinks they want to see.

JM said...

I started out being very snarky about Lane, but looking at his Twitter feed and his minor league history, I ended up kind of liking him. Seems like an OK guy and somebody you could actually root for.

Yeah, they'll bring up Swisher.

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el duque said...

"Smooth and slick..."

Been a long time since I've heard those words assigned to a Yankee acquisition!

Hermorodus said...


joe de pastry said...

A "slugging % enthusiast" whose minor league slugging % is about 100 points below average. Yep, he would fit right in to the Bronx Bummers lineup

JM said...

Yeah, Joe D, I got a charge out of that part of his Twitter description. Enthusiasm doesn't necessarily equate to performance.

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