Willy Adames
23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There may not be a better example in the minors of the difference between game power and raw power. Adames has never hit more than 11 home runs in a season and his career-high ISO is .159. However, he is one of the strongest shortstops in pro ball and has plus raw power. As he grows more comfortable and receives more upper-level instruction, he will start to access that power more in games, and when he does, his stock will explode. His best current offensive skill is his ability to work the count and get on base at a high clip, posting walk rates over 11 percent ever since joining the Rays in 2014. This pairs nicely with his above-average hit tool, and should eventually allow him to hit near the top of a big-league lineup. Adames will chip in a handful of steals, but he is not a burner. Some have questioned whether he would stick at shortstop long term, but he silenced the doubters in 2017, and should take over as the Rays' shortstop of the future early this season. Read Past Outlooks
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Not in Thursday's lineup
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 20, 2018
Adames is out of the lineup against the Blue Jays on Thursday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Adames will get a breather following four straight starts, during which he went 5-for-14 (.357 average) with two home runs and four RBI. In his absence, Joey Wendle will start at shortstop and bat fifth in the order.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .677 80 12 2 12 0 .254 .325 .352
Since 2016vs Right .784 204 28 8 17 6 .275 .345 .440
2018vs Left .677 80 12 2 12 0 .254 .325 .352
2018vs Right .784 204 28 8 17 6 .275 .345 .440
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .773 163 26 7 21 3 .272 .331 .442
Since 2016Away .711 117 13 3 7 3 .260 .336 .375
2018Home .773 163 26 7 21 3 .272 .331 .442
2018Away .711 117 13 3 7 3 .260 .336 .375
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Willy Adames compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
9.4%
 
K Rate
29.5%
 
BABIP
.365
 
ISO
.139
 
AVG
.271
 
OBP
.340
 
SLG
.410
 
OPS
.750
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
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The 21-year-old enjoyed a strong year at Double-A Montgomery, slashing .274/.366/.409 with career highs in homers, walks and stolen bases. His numbers were up across the board from his 2015 campaign at High-A Charlotte, and he now looks to take the next step at Triple-A Durham in the coming season. Part of his improvement was in the area of plate discipline, as he lowered his strikeout rate almost a full six percentage points to 21.3 percent. Adames was added to the Rays' 40-man roster on Nov. 18, and if he continues to thrive in Triple-A, he could potentially see the field with the big league club before the end of the 2017 campaign. Based on his body of work to date, Adames projects as an excellent multi-category fantasy producer whenever he does settle in with the Rays for good.
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 him one of the youngest players in the league at a critical position. With Daniel Robertson in front of him, the Rays have no reason to rush him to the majors, but of the two, it is likely Adames that will stick at shortstop while Robertson goes to second base. The offense should begin to look better as he fills out physically. The recent acquisition of Brad Miller under a few more years of player control almost ensures Adames won’t be seen until 2018.
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.
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Hits two-run homer
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 19, 2018
Adames went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
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Slugs ninth homer
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 17, 2018
Adames went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and a walk in a win over the Athletics on Sunday.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 15, 2018
Adames is out of the lineup against Oakland on Saturday, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE reports.
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Day off Wednesday
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 12, 2018
Adames is not in the lineup versus the Indians on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Another multi-hit game
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 9, 2018
Adames went 2-for-4 while scoring once and driving in a run in Sunday's win over the Orioles.
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