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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Finishes rookie campaign strong
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 30, 2018
Adames went 2-for-4 with a run in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
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Adames wrapped up the 2018 campaign with three straight two-hit efforts and a spectacular second half of the season overall. The rookie didn't begin hitting his stride until shortly after the All-Star break, hitting .329 from August 1st onward. Adames will head into spring training 2019 with a lock on the everyday shortstop job, with Rays management and fantasy owners alike undoubtedly intrigued about what he might be capable of during the course of a full major-league season.
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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 .675 93 12 2 13 0 .256 .333 .341
Since 2016vs Right .786 230 31 8 21 6 .286 .354 .432
2018vs Left .675 93 12 2 13 0 .256 .333 .341
2018vs Right .786 230 31 8 21 6 .286 .354 .432
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
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .778 188 29 7 24 3 .284 .346 .432
Since 2016Away .720 135 14 3 10 3 .269 .351 .370
2018Home .778 188 29 7 24 3 .284 .346 .432
2018Away .720 135 14 3 10 3 .269 .351 .370
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
0.33
 
BB Rate
9.6%
 
K Rate
29.4%
 
BABIP
.378
 
ISO
.128
 
AVG
.278
 
OBP
.348
 
SLG
.406
 
OPS
.754
 
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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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On base thrice in loss
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2018
Adames went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and a run in a loss to the Blue Jays on Friday. He's 4-for-14 with three RBI and two runs in the four games since returning from an illness.
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Back from illness
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 25, 2018
Adames (illness) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Out again Monday
SSTampa Bay Rays
Illness
September 24, 2018
Adames (illness) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Yankees.
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Sitting with illness
SSTampa Bay Rays
Illness
September 23, 2018
Adames is out of Sunday's lineup because he is sick, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Takes seat Sunday
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 23, 2018
Adames is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Toronto, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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