Name: Ross Adolph
Born: Findlay, Ohio
Age: 20 (12/17/97)
Height/Weight: 6’1”/205 lbs.
School: University of Toledo
A graduate of Van Buren High School in Ohio, Ross Adolph was a multi-sport star. He was a four-year letter winner in baseball and football and was a two-year letter winner in basketball. He was named First-team All-Ohio player, All-Region, and All-Conference player in 2015 after hitting .595 with seven doubles, seven triples and three home runs, and twenty-six stolen bases. He enrolled at the University of Toledo, and in his three years there has a solid record with the Rockets, both with the bat and in the field. As a freshman, he hit .268/.366/.317 in 45 games. As a sophomore, he improved in the power department hit .272/.354/.484 in 58 games. This past season, the outfielder continued displaying his burgeoning power and hit .322/.445/.654 in 55 games, tying the record for most home runs in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Conference with 15.
Adolph is athletic and solidly built. He stands tall at the plate, with a quiet swing. Like most left-handers, his swing has a bit of angle, with his power zone being down and in. He is likely to be a fringe-average-to-average hitter as a result, but has average-to-above-average power. While there is some swing-and-miss there, he does walk at a solid rate.
With above-average speed and an above-average arm, Adolph is able to cover a lot of ground in the outfield and can get the ball back into the infield quickly. He rarely makes errors, meaning whatever he gets to on the fly is almost always an out. As long as he does not add bad mass to his 6’1” frame, he should be able to remain in center for the near future.