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Riley Adams

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Riley Keaton Adams

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Catcher Riley Adams was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays out of the University of San Diego. Three years earlier, in 2014, coming out of high school, he was drafted in the 37th round by the Chicago Cubs, but chose to go to college. A big man for a catcher at 6'4", he was also a star basketball player in high school.

He began his professional career in 2017 with the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League, hitting .305/.374/.438 in 52 games. In 2018, he played 99 games for the Dunedin Blue Jays after skipping a level. There he hit .246/.352/.361. In 2019, he split his season between Dunedin and the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats and improved to .261/.366/.443. In spite of that solid season with the bat, he was passed on the depth chart by Alejandro Kirk, who made his major league debut at the end of the 2020 season while Riley was at the team's alternate training site. After impressing in spring training in 2021, he was added to the taxi squad when Reese McGuire, who had been the main back-up for Toronto the previous two seasons, was demoted off the 40-man roster. When Kirk was placed on the injured list on May 2nd, he was the one who was called up to the Blue Jays to back up Danny Jansen. However, before he could take part in a game, the Jays managed to clear roster space for McGuire and activated him on May 5th, sending Riley back to the taxi squad. He was then assigned to the AAA Buffalo Bisons and showed good power, hitting 6 homers in 19 games while batting .250. On June 6th, it was Jansen's turn to be injured, and he was called back to the Blue Jays again. This time, he did make his debut, starting the game of June 8th against the Chicago White Sox behind the plate. He collected his first major league hit that day, a double off Carlos Rodón. He hit .107 (3 for 28) in 12 games before being sent back down when Jansen came off the injured list. On July 29th, he was traded to the Washington Nationals in return for P Brad Hand.

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