20-Year-Old Shortstop – Tampa Bay Rays
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Adames came to Tampa Bay in the David Price deal and is a very intriguing prospect, despite what the stats have been thus far. He will open the season in Double-A Montgomery as a 20-year-old, making h...
Adames won't play in instructional ball after he was shut down in late August with a sore elbow, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsAndriese, Matt (P)
AAAChristian, Justin (OF)
AABauers, Jake (1B)
A+Adames, Willy (SS)
AAmes, Jeff (P)
RookieBetts, Chris (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Adames was the third piece the Rays received in the David Price deal, and unlike Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin, Adames is several years away from the big leagues. However, he has the potential to be the best player of the three, especially if he can stick up the middle. A bat-first shortstop, Adames spent his entire age-18 season at the Low-A affiliates of the Tigers and the Rays, compiling a .271/.353/.429 slash line with eight home runs and six steals in 514 plate appearances. For an 18-year-old to do that in a full season league suggests he is advanced enough with the stick to move fast if his defense does not hold him back. An optimistic ETA would be late 2016, with a more likely debut in the summer of 2017. Still, in dynasty leagues where each team gets 10 minor league keepers, Adames needs to be owned based on his potential production in power and batting average, which should play even if he gets moved to third base.