Big 10 baseball has been on the rise as was proven by the University of Iowa in the Houston Regional, taking the Cougars to the brink at home. The Astros apparently were impressed with one bat at the regional, Hawkeyes first baseman Jake Adams.
The Astros selected Adams with pick No. 181 in the sixth round out of Iowa.
Adams, a junior at Iowa, he batted .335 (82x245) with 14 doubles, 29 home runs, and 72 RBIs in 61 games. Adams was selected as a Baseball America third--team All-American. He was a unanimous selection for Big Ten Player of the Year and the only unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017.
Adams led the NCAA with 29 home runs in his first season of Division I baseball, while ranking first in home runs per game (.48), third in total bases (183), fourth in slugging percentage (.747), and seventh in RBIs (72).
Adams has the numbers to impress any scout -- In the BBCOR ERA, only Kris Bryant (31) and Victor Roache (30) hit more home runs than Adams (29) in a single season -- but the biggest concern coming into the season was whether his swing was too long. He proved that he could hit Big Ten pitching all season, but he'll have to continue to prove his swing is quick enough throughout his minor league career.