Willy Adames
23-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.
On bench Saturday
SSTampa Bay Rays
April 20, 2019
Adames is not starting Saturday against the Red Sox, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
ANALYSIS
After a slow start to the season, Adames is hitting .375 over his last 12 games. Daniel Robertson will slide over to shortstop in his absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .664 115 15 2 13 0 .255 .330 .333
Since 2017vs Right .752 287 39 9 25 6 .274 .339 .413
2019vs Left .618 22 3 0 0 0 .250 .318 .300
2019vs Right .620 57 8 1 4 0 .226 .281 .340
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
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+325%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .679 229 30 7 24 3 .249 .306 .373
Since 2017Away .792 173 24 4 14 3 .296 .378 .414
2019Home .247 41 1 0 0 0 .100 .122 .125
2019Away 1.049 38 10 1 4 0 .394 .474 .576
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.
BB/K
0.21
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
30.4%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.096
 
AVG
.233
 
OBP
.291
 
SLG
.329
 
OPS
.620
 
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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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Bows out of starting nine
SSTampa Bay Rays
April 16, 2019
Adames isn't starting Tuesday's game against Baltimore, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
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Racks up runs in win
SSTampa Bay Rays
April 10, 2019
Adames went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, two walks and three runs in a win over the White Sox on Tuesday.
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Bat heating up
SSTampa Bay Rays
April 9, 2019
Adames went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs in a win over the White Sox on Monday.
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Makes noise as pinch hitter
SSTampa Bay Rays
April 7, 2019
Adames entered a loss to the Giants on Saturday as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning and went 2-for-3 with a run.
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On bench Saturday
SSTampa Bay Rays
April 6, 2019
Adames will head to the bench Saturday against San Francisco.
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