Matt Adams
Matt Adams
30-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Washington Nationals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Adams signed with the Nationals last offseason, after the Braves opted to non-tender him. He took advantage of playing time opened via injuries, playing either first base or left field regularly against right-handed pitching and slashing .275/.351/.575 through June 15. On June 19, Adams was hit by a pitch and was placed on the DL with a broken finger. He returned July 4, but his playing time dwindled with the return of Daniel Murphy then Ryan Zimmerman. On Aug. 21, Adams was dealt to his former club, the Cardinals, in a waiver deal. He struggled with St. Louis down the stretch, posting a .533 OPS. For the season, Adams clubbed a personal-best 21 homers, but a career-worst .245 BABIP spurred his lowest-ever batting average. Adams returned to Washington on a one-year deal and projects to open the season on the bench. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Nationals in December of 2018. The deal contains a mutual option ($1 million buyout) for 2020.
Activated Wednesday
1BWashington Nationals
May 22, 2019
Adams (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Wednesday's game, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
He suffered a shoulder strain three weeks ago, but is ready to take back over as the primary first baseman while Ryan Zimmerman (foot) is on the injured list. Adams was hitting .291/.310/.545 with three home runs in 20 games prior to hitting the injured list.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .629 117 12 5 26 0 .204 .231 .398
Since 2017vs Right .841 654 83 39 109 0 .267 .324 .517
2019vs Left .909 11 1 1 6 0 .273 .273 .636
2019vs Right .702 56 6 2 7 0 .245 .268 .434
2018vs Left .622 43 6 1 8 0 .220 .256 .366
2018vs Right .811 294 36 20 49 0 .242 .316 .494
2017vs Left .583 63 5 3 12 0 .180 .206 .377
2017vs Right .896 304 41 17 53 0 .295 .342 .554
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .840 407 48 27 65 0 .257 .317 .523
Since 2017Away .772 364 47 17 70 0 .256 .302 .470
2019Home .709 38 5 3 5 0 .194 .237 .472
2019Away .775 29 2 0 8 0 .321 .310 .464
2018Home .858 170 21 12 28 0 .265 .329 .529
2018Away .711 167 21 9 29 0 .212 .287 .424
2017Home .849 199 22 12 32 0 .264 .322 .527
2017Away .831 168 24 8 33 0 .287 .315 .516
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How does Matt Adams compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Adams began the 2017 season on the bench for the Cardinals, making just 53 trips to the dish through May 19. But then Freddie Freeman got hurt and the Braves came a-calling. Adams hit .314 with 10 homers in June and remained at first initially upon Freeman's return with Freeman temporarily shifting to the hot corner. It wasn't long before Freeman returned to first, pushing Adams to the outfield for semi-regular at-bats. In mid-August, Adams was primarily used as a pinch-hitter, with occasional starts in the field. Perceived to be a high-strikeout hitter, Adams' career 76 percent contact rate isn't terrible in today's climate, but a six percent walk rate renders him susceptible to slumps. This, along with struggles versus southpaw pitching, expose the left-handed swinger when afforded regular opportunities. He will be the backup at first base in Washington after signing a one-year deal in December.
Adams had a hard time staying healthy in the second half of the season, as he frequently dealt with back soreness and spent time on the DL with an inflamed shoulder. He was limited to 118 games and just 69 starts, all of which came at first base. His production at the plate left much to be desired, and with Matt Carpenter set to take on the starting role at first base in 2017, Adams' outlook for playing time seems bleak. There's always a chance he could be traded, but Adams is unlikely to play against southpaws no matter where he is, as he owns a .212 average and .595 OPS in his career against lefties. Given his growing injury history and declining role, Adams is now more of an NL-only consideration, with any mixed-league relevance holding on by a thread.
Adams entered 2015 with a chance to cement his hold on the starting job at first base for years to come, but only hit .243/.281/.375 before going down with a quad injury that nearly ended his season. Adams managed to return in September and logged 31 at-bats over the season's final month, but still finished the year with a disappointing slash line, hitting just 14 extra-base hits in 175 total at-bats. Adams is still just 27 and the Cardinals haven't brought in a big name to replace him, so there's a possibility he rights the ship in 2016 and delivers the 20-plus home run power and solid secondary numbers that owners were hoping for in 2015. He may, however, lose out on at-bats to Stephen Piscotty, if Piscotty is forced to first base due to a logjam in the outfield, or if manager Mike Matheny decides he has seen enough of Adams struggling against left-handers and implements a strict platoon.
Adams returned solid value to owners that were able to snatch him up in the later rounds of fantasy drafts, posting a .288/.321/.457 line with 34 doubles, 15 home runs and 68 RBI while playing above average defense at first base. When the Cardinals traded Allen Craig to Boston at the deadline it solidified Adams' role as the team's everyday first baaseman. It's somewhat discouraging that he hit just .239/.308/.356 in 180 at-bats over the final two months of this season, dropping his average from .314 to .288 but his role is much clearer heading into 2015 than it was a year ago. It's likely that he could very easily be a top-12 first baseman in 2015 if he can stay healthy and develop a little more power, particularly if some of those doubles and triples (he had an unlikely five in 2014) clear the outfield wall for home runs.
Adams had a very good 2013 in limited playing time, slamming 17 home runs and 14 doubles in just 319 plate appearances. His BABIP (.337) was somewhat high, meaning his .284 average could fall with a larger sample size, but Adams still makes plenty of hard contact, as evidenced by his .220 ISO. The power is here for Adams to be a 30-homer bat, but it might not happen in 2014, as his HR/FB (21.8%) may not be completely sustainable. That being said, it appears Allen Craig will play primarily in right field this season following the departure of Carlos Beltran, which should result in a significant increase in opportunities for Adams compared to last season. As the Cardinals' primary first baseman, Adams will have a good chance to crack the 500 at-bat plateau.
The various injuries suffered by Lance Berkman gave Adams a one-month opportunity to show he belonged in the majors. Results were mixed, as he started out strong (hitting .296 in his first 16 games) before the league caught up with him. At least 13 RBI in a 27-game stint was helpful. Adams tore up the minors since Day 1, hitting .318 with 82 home runs in 1,430 at-bats in his four-year career. Unfortunately, he can't really play anywhere besides first base. While that's not as big of an issue with Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman gone, the Cardinals could opt to give the job to Allen Craig or sign a big-name veteran in the offseason. Adams will probably have to wait his turn again.
Adams was pretty good in 2010, but he broke out in a big way playing for Double-A Springfield last year, belting 32 home runs and driving in 101 runs. He doesn't possess much speed, but if he can go 30-100-.300 every year, he won't have to. With Albert Pujols now in Anaheim, we could see Adams manning first base in St. Louis as early as this summer. Now 23, he'll likely head to Triple-A to begin the season while Lance Berkman takes on the everyday job in Pujols' absence.
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Takes full BP
1BWashington Nationals
May 20, 2019
Adams (shoulder) took full batting practice on the field Monday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
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Closing in on return?
1BWashington Nationals
May 19, 2019
Adams (shoulder) took a "handful" of swings prior to Sunday's game and could participate in a full batting practice prior the Nationals' game in New York on Monday,Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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Begins baseball activities
1BWashington Nationals
May 17, 2019
Adams (shoulder) took part in some light baseball activities Friday, Jamal Collier of reports.
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Taking swings Friday
1BWashington Nationals
May 17, 2019
Adams (shoulder) said he felt good after taking swings with a fungo bat Friday, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
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MRI confirms shoulder strain
1BWashington Nationals
May 6, 2019
An MRI confirmed Adams is dealing with a shoulder strain, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
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