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Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: WILLY ADAMES SS TAMPA BAY RAYS

If it seems like we have constantly been writing about the Rays over the last week, that is because we have been given the fact that have served as constant headline news with their trades (Steven Souza, Corey Dickerson), DFA's (Dickerson), signings (Carlos Gomez), and injury issues (Brent Honeywell).  So with so much roster turnover of late, now is a good time to check in on top Rays shortstop prospect Willy Adames who figures to make his presence felt at the major league level in 2018.  While he won't likely break camp with the frugal Rays in order for the team to preserve his Super 2 status, Adams won't be held down for long given his ability.  With that said, let's take a closer look at this budding talent.

Still just 22-years-old, Adames comes off a very solid 2017 campaign at Triple-A where he hit 10 home runs, stole 11 bases, and batted .277.  Yes, the numbers don't exactly jump off the page but Adames is only now growing into his body physically and will only add power as we go along.  He already has good speed to steal some bases and an 11.2 BB/9 clip from a year ago show Adames has a good eye as well.  The signs are there for Adames to be a batting average asset down the road given the high amount of walks he collects but he also does tend to strike out which will at least initially hold him down in that category in 2018.  Instead, we need to think longer term here as Adames can be a 15/15/.280 guy before too long and so especially in AL-only formats, he should be planted on your cheat sheets as a very late round grab.  The upside is not as vast as let's say an Ozzie Albies in the infield but Adames will likely be a positive weapon in fantasy baseball before you know it.


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