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Adams has proven to a 'dangerous' hitter for the RedHawks

FARGO-Early this week, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks first baseman Trever Adams belted a clutch two-run home run in the ninth inning to help his team rally for victory.That's the type of jolt the RedHawks thought Adams could provide when they acquired ...

Trever Adams of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks readies himself for the pitch during the Friday, July 21, 2017, game against Cleburne, Texas, at Newman Outdoor Field.Dave Wallis / The Forum
Trever Adams of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks readies himself for the pitch during the Friday, July 21, 2017, game against Cleburne, Texas, at Newman Outdoor Field. Dave Wallis / The Forum

FARGO-Early this week, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks first baseman Trever Adams belted a clutch two-run home run in the ninth inning to help his team rally for victory.

That's the type of jolt the RedHawks thought Adams could provide when they acquired him in early July.

"He's dangerous," RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. "He can go off at any time."

The RedHawks have started to go off over the last week. Right-handed starter Jose Almarante pitched eight strong innings to lead F-M to a 6-2 victory against the Cleburne Railroaders in American Association baseball before 3,886 fans.

"A good pitched game by Almarante," Simunic said. "He had a really good fastball early in the game."

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The RedHawks (31-28) have won six consecutive games, their longest winning streak this season.

"It's been a good atmosphere over the last six, seven days," Simunic said. "We feel good about what we're doing."

Adams had a big performance for the RedHawks in Sioux Falls, helping F-M earn the three-game sweep against the Canaries in a series that ended Thursday. He batted .400 (4-for-10) during that three-game set with two home runs and five RBIs.

Simunic has used Adams at different spots in the batting order. He batted cleanup against Cleburne on Friday night at Newman. Adams has belted three home runs since he was acquired from the Lincoln Saltdogs.

Adams has added a right-handed power presence in the RedHawks lineup.

"I'm finally starting to feel a lot more comfortable and back to normal," Adams said of his recent success.

From Lincoln, Neb., the 28-year-old Adams played for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and the Creighton Bluejays before he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft. He spent six seasons in the Rangers organization, advancing as high as Class Triple-A Round Rock in 2016.

Adams finished last season with the St. Paul Saints and has proven to be a power threat in his first 82 games in the American Association. He's smacked 19 home runs, 11 doubles and three triples in that span. Adams has 11 home runs this season in 55 games between Lincoln and the RedHawks.

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"I'm up there to drive the ball," said Adams, who went 0-for-2 against Cleburne with two walks.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Adams played football and baseball at Southeast High School in Lincoln.

"I was probably better at football in high school than I was at baseball," Adams said.

Coming out of high school, Adams didn't receive Division I interest in either sport so he decided to go to Hutchinson Community College for baseball to improve his stock. He credited Kyle Crookes, the head coach there at the time, with helping develop as a hitter. Josue Perez, the minor league hitting coordinator in the Rangers organization, was also a key figure in helping Adams at the plate.

Adams has played multiple positions during his pro career, including first base, third base, left field and right field. He's settled in at first base for the RedHawks, but is fine with being used in a utility role.

"I've kind of adapted to the whole utility thing. One of the guys in the big leagues right now who is really good at is Ben Zobrist," Adams said of the current Chicago Cubs player. "I'm comfortable at first, third, right and left. I'm pretty comfortable at all four positions."

Trever Adams of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks readies himself for the pitch during the Friday, July 21, 2017, game against Cleburne, Texas, at Newman Outdoor Field.Dave Wallis / The Forum
Trever Adams of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks blows a bubble while he handles first base duty between batters during the Friday, July 21, 2017, game against Cleburne, Texas, at Newman Outdoor Field. Dave Wallis / The Forum

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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