Russ Adams, 2006 Topps card
In this post we learned that Garth Iorg is the Blue Jays all-time leader in games played (931) having only played at the MLB level for the Jays. However he wasn’t originally drafted by the Blue Jays. As far as being picked by the Blue Jays, coming up through the farm system, then only playing at the MLB level with the Jays, this is your all-time leader.
Russ Adams was drafted out of UNC Chapel Hill in the 1st round in 2002, with the 14th overall pick. The next 3 picks were Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, and Cole Hamels (ouch). He progressed rapidly, playing for 2 levels in 2002, 2 more in 2003, and hitting .288 in AAA in 2004 to earn a September call up. He got a great start to his MLB career with a hit in his first plate appearance, and went 12 for his first 27 at bats (.444).
He posted a decent rookie campaign in 2005 (commemorated on this card), but that was as good as it got, as he posted negative WAR totals in parts of 3 more seasons. All in all, Adams played all of his 286 games with the Blue Jays (2004-09).
But he was released in 2009 and ended up playing AAA for the Padres that season, and more AAA (Buffalo) for the Mets in 2010 and 2011 before retiring. So another post is forthcoming to find out the Blue Jays’ all-time Derek Jeter who was drafted, played, then retired a Blue Jay.