Prospect ranking systems continue to highlight Tampa Bay Rays prospects. Today it’s Willy Adames’ turn.
Adames has been ranked as the 6th best short stop in baseball by MLB Pipeline, joining Brandon Lowe, Brent Honeywell, Christian Arroyo, and Brendan McKay as the Rays prospects included on these Pipeline lists thus far.
Adames just turned 22 this past September, but already has a full successful season at Triple-A under his belt and he looks primed to make the leap to the majors at some point in 2018. He possesses a solid hit tool, a great defensive skills with a plus arm. He is actually considered the best fielder among the top ten shortstop prospects. The only question is whether his power will develop as he ages.
Adames isn’t just a fantastic player; he is considered, even at 22, a future leader with an excellent makeup.
“He’s fluent in English at a young age, which is a good sign of him having aptitude, and he has a great attitude to go along with the skill. That makes him the player he is.
”Like I said, he has it. He’s a good teammate. He interacts with the fans very well. He’s good with the media. He’s just a good person, and he has that uncanny ability that he leads. He leads by who he is.”
Mitch Lukevics, Rays Farm Director
During the 2017 season, Adames hit .277/.360/.415 with 10 HR over 578 plate appearances for the Durham Bulls.