Luke Adams is a guy that may not be on your radar, and that’s mainly because he hasn’t really played in the Brewer’s system yet. But he is still someone that Brewer’s fans should have a clue about because he possess tools that should make you excited about!
Luke Adams is an 18-year-old (DOB: 4/24/2004) infielder that was drafted by the Brew Crew in the 12th round in the 2022 draft. Adams stands at 6’4” and is listed at 210 lbs. He is from Hinsdale, Illinois and attended Hinsdale Central High School. He was also committed to Michigan State, but the Brewers were able to persuade him to play for them instead of the Spartans.
Adams played a whole 11 games for Brewers Gold in the Arizona Complex League, so there are not many stats to dig from in this aspect. He did slash .375/.512/.563 for a 1.075 OPS in 41 plate appearances. He had 1 HR, 3 2B, 7 RBI, and an outstanding 9 SB. This would mean that his 162 average would be roughly 15 HR, 44 2B, 103 RBI, and 132 SB (Rickey Henderson who?). Adams also displayed his plate discipline, albeit in a small sample size, where he walked 7 times and struck out only 8 times. He also played 16 games for Illinois Valley in the Prospect League in 2022, and hit a .404/.478/.737 slash with a 1.214 OPS and 4 HR, 7 2B, 17 RBI, and 5 SB. Additionally, he was nearly 3 years younger than the average Prospect League player and nearly 2 years younger than the average ACL player.
I also did some searching and found his high school stats for his senior year. He hit .482 with 3 HR, 5 2B, 22 RBI, 18 SB, and showed off a .547 OBP. Obviously, this is high school, but those are still amazing stats nonetheless and something that I think should be highlighted.
For Brewers Gold, Luke Adams recorded games ay 1B, 3B, and LF, playing the most at 3B (46.2 innings). Throughout all of the innings he played, he had 25 chances and committed 1 error in LF. We can not dive into these stats too much because again, small sample size, however we can point out that he was a versatile player in the ACL and showed promise at all three positions. Additionally, he pitched 4 innings in the Prospect League and gave up 2 ER and had 1 K, as well as won the one game he pitched (if you are into wins and losses). According to PerfectGame, Adams had a fastball velo at 88 MPH in 2021. I don’t see him continuing to pitch in the minors, but maybe if hitting doesn’t work out the Brewers can give him the Erceg treatment before it’s too late.
So, Where Does He Rank?
MLB Pipeline: N/A
Adams is an interesting name to watch. From what I can tell, he possesses an interesting mix of plate discipline and speed, which for a guy playing heavy power-centric positions makes him intriguing. He does however have the build to have power, he just either has not fully harnessed it yet or has not had a large enough sample size to display said power. Standing at 6’4” and 210 lbs, you expect that to produce fairly gaudy power numbers, and I think we will see that come to fruition eventually.