PORT ST. LUCIE -- Having already showcased his power several times in batting practice this spring, Matt Adams delivered the Cardinals' first spring home run on Tuesday.
It was a mighty statement, too, as Adams crushed an elevated fastball over the left-center-field wall for a go-ahead grand slam in an 8-6 loss to the Mets.
"The swing felt really good," Adams said. "Coming in off the bench late, I just wanted to jump on the pitch early. I saw it good out of [Jeurys Familia's] hands and put a good swing on it."
Adams' power potential is no secret. He had 32 homers a year ago in Double-A and has accumulated 64 in his 299 Minor League games. While Adams would seem destined to begin the year starting in Triple-A, he does have a chance to at least push himself into discussions about a potential bench role in St. Louis.
The fact that the Cardinals appear to lack power among their other bench options makes Adams an intriguing name to throw into the mix.
However, there's also Adams' development to consider. Losing regular playing time could stall his growth, and that's usually why organizations are hesitant to push a prospect into the big leagues before an everyday job is available.
Adams has appeared in both of the Cardinals' spring games so far. He went 1-for-3 with a single on Monday.
"Yesterday and today, I saw the ball good out of pitchers' hands," Adams said. "I'm sure down the road, pitchers are going to get to everybody. I'm just trying to get hits early and go from there."