Willy Adames
24-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Stop us if you have heard this story before: prospect crushes Triple-A pitching while fans and fantasy players pine for his promotion. Player is promoted, has early success, but then goes into a huge slump. Prospect is demoted, comes back with a new mindset, and eventually reaches the levels of success everyone hoped he would immediately enjoy. Blake Snell did that in 2017 and Adames did that in 2018. He hit .224/.227/.329 with a 34% strikeout rate before he was demoted in July, but returned to hit .305/.383/.435 over the rest of the season with a 27% strikeout rate and an 11% walk rate. The power will come as he continues to physically mature as he is still just 23 years old. He will hit 20 homers in a season before he steals 10 bases, and that could happen in 2019. Adames is not going to be a superstar, but he will be a better-than-average offensive shortstop for the foreseeable future. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Tigers in July of 2012 that includes a $400,000 signing bonus. Traded to the Rays in July of 2014.
Out of Saturday's lineup
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 28, 2019
Adames is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
ANALYSIS
He is hitting .274 with three home runs and zero steals in 23 games this month. Joey Wendle will start at shortstop and lead off.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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1
13
20
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40
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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10
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15
11
8
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .607 291 30 10 28 1 .205 .266 .341
Since 2017vs Right .805 616 82 20 58 9 .290 .357 .449
2019vs Left .575 198 18 8 15 1 .181 .235 .341
2019vs Right .817 386 51 12 37 3 .292 .358 .458
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+62%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .645 466 48 12 40 5 .235 .290 .354
Since 2017Away .847 441 64 18 46 5 .292 .368 .479
2019Home .557 278 19 5 16 2 .204 .253 .304
2019Away .903 306 50 15 36 2 .303 .375 .528
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
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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.

* 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.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
26.2%
 
BABIP
.320
 
ISO
.164
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.317
 
SLG
.418
 
OPS
.735
 
wOBA
.324
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.3%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Goes deep in key win
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 24, 2019
Adames went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a win over the Red Sox on Monday.
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Slugs 19th homer
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 22, 2019
Adames went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in an extra-innings win over the Red Sox on Saturday.
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Comes through with game-winning hit
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 20, 2019
Adames went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI in Friday's extra-innings win over Boston.
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Cranks 18th homer
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 13, 2019
Adames went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and two more runs scored during Friday's win over the Angels.
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Gets day off
SSTampa Bay Rays
September 12, 2019
Adames is not starting Thursday against the Rangers, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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