Riley Adams

Riley Adams

28-Year-Old CatcherC
Washington Nationals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Adams was one of the most productive backup catchers in baseball last season, slashing an impressive .273/.331/.476 with four home runs across 158 plate appearances. A huge chunk of that production came against left-handed pitching, with Adams sporting a .960 OPS with three of his four long balls versus southpaws. Adams made more than twice as many starts against lefties than he did against righties and it could be a similar setup in 2024, with Keibert Ruiz seeing some action at designated hitter those days. It's a role that could make him valuable again to the Nationals but one which probably won't lead to usefulness in fantasy leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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#372
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in March of 2024.
Rejoins major-league roster
CWashington Nationals
July 3, 2024
The Nationals recalled Adams from Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Adams was optioned a month ago following a slump at the plate, but he's back after posting a .946 OPS with six homers in 22 games at Rochester. He will back up Keibert Ruiz.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
2
8
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
3
2
6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+48%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+45%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+71%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .651 187 11 4 17 0 .228 .294 .357
Since 2022vs Right .697 229 17 7 22 1 .228 .289 .408
2024vs Left .512 41 2 0 1 0 .189 .268 .243
2024vs Right .759 62 4 2 7 1 .273 .323 .436
2023vs Left .960 76 3 3 12 0 .333 .395 .565
2023vs Right .663 82 5 1 9 0 .216 .272 .392
2022vs Left .400 70 6 1 4 0 .138 .200 .200
2022vs Right .685 85 8 4 6 0 .208 .282 .403
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+112%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .806 216 18 9 27 0 .254 .319 .487
Since 2022Away .538 200 10 2 12 1 .201 .261 .277
2024Home .762 46 5 2 6 0 .256 .326 .436
2024Away .583 57 1 0 2 1 .226 .281 .302
2023Home 1.046 89 4 3 14 0 .358 .404 .642
2023Away .493 69 4 1 7 0 .161 .235 .258
2022Home .565 81 9 4 7 0 .137 .222 .342
2022Away .546 74 5 1 3 0 .217 .270 .275
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Stat Review
How does Riley Adams 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.22
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
31.1%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.120
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.301
 
SLG
.359
 
OPS
.660
 
wOBA
.289
 
Exit Velocity
89.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.2%
 
Barrels/PA
4.9%
 
Expected BA
.220
 
Expected SLG
.354
 
Sprint Speed
24.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
51.6%
 
Line Drive %
17.7%
 
Fly Ball %
30.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
A third-round pick by Toronto in 2017, Adams was flipped to Washington in 2021 in exchange for lefty reliever Brad Hand. While Adams made the Opening Day roster for the Nationals, he was sent down for close to two months in the middle of the season and ended up totaling 155 plate appearances as getting Keibert Ruiz playing time was understandably the higher priority for the organization. Adams strikes out too much, but he can light up the radar gun with impressive exit velocity when he runs into one. He projects to open the year as the clear-cut No. 2 behind Ruiz.
Acquired from the Blue Jays in a trade for Brad Hand, Adams went from a system in which he was buried behind multiple better catching prospects to one in which Keibert Ruiz is set to be the starter for most of the decade. Adams projects to have decent power, slugging seven homers in only 36 games last year at Triple-A, but his hit tool is questionable and his defensive reputation isn't great, profiling him as a backup at the big-league level. He'll fill that role for the Nationals behind Ruiz in 2022.
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Optioned down to Triple-A
CWashington Nationals
June 2, 2024
Washington optioned Adams to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
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Losing work to Ruiz
CWashington Nationals
May 26, 2024
Adams will start at catcher and bat eighth in Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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Could still see consistent work
CWashington Nationals
April 26, 2024
Adams might still see regular playing time even with Keibert Ruiz back from the injured list, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. "We're definitely going to use him," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Thursday. "One, let him catch. And two, we can also DH Keibert like we've done in the past and let him continue to catch. He's done a great job. He's learned a lot over the years. He's really coming into his own."
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Set to lose work with Ruiz back
CWashington Nationals
April 25, 2024
Adams is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers.
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Pops second homer
CWashington Nationals
April 20, 2024
Adams went 2-for-3 with a double, a solo home run and a second run scored in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Astros.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
More reps at first base
CWashington Nationals
June 7, 2024
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Sunday that Adams will receive consistent reps at first base with Triple-A Rochester, reports Andrew Golden of The Washington Post.
ANALYSIS
Washington hopes Adams can get back on track offensively at Triple-A, as his .215/.281/.354 slash line through 25 games this season is a sharp drop from his .807 OPS in 2023. Drew Millas is up with the Nationals as the backup catcher to Keibert Ruiz, but Adams could rejoin the big club before long if he can build on his hot start with Rochester, as he went 8-for-17 with three homers in his first four contests.
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