As expected, on Sunday the St. Louis Cardinals placed first baseman Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee injury and replaced him with Triple-A first baseman Matt Adams. The 23-year-old Adams was added to the 40-man roster with the official terminology that his contract has been purchased from Triple-A Memphis.
Adams is the reigning Minor League Player of the Year as named by the Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation. The left-handed hitter was also the Double-A Texas League Player of the Year in 2011 while with Springfield. Coming into 2012, Adams was The Cardinal Nation’s ninth-ranked prospect. He will be making his Major League debut with his first game appearance.
With Memphis, Adams was batting .340 (48-for-141) with a team-high nine home runs and 27 RBI in his 37 games. He ranked among Pacific Coast League leaders in slugging (.603-6th) and OPS (.978-10th). His batting average is 12th in the PCL and his home run total is tied for fifth.
Against right-handed pitching, Adams was batting .379 (39-for-103) with eight of his nine home runs. With runners in scoring position, he batted .370 (10-for-27).
Adams is arriving in a hitting groove. During May, he is batting .361 (22-for-61) with five home runs and 16 RBI. On Friday night at Las Vegas, Adams launched two home runs, including a grand slam, good for a season-high five RBI.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder was the Cardinals’ 23rd round (699th player overall) draft selection in 2009 from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University. He will wear uniform #53.
Berkman is taking his second stint on the DL this season, having been sidelined April 19 to May 12 with a left calf strain. More details about the severity of his current injury will be shared when disclosed.
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