Portrait of Willy Adames

Willy Adames SS

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Birth Date9-2-1995
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs
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2014 BGR A 27 114 .291 .247 .310 .366 .255 .379 97 3.8 3.2 1.2 -1.2 2.1 8.5 0.8 8.5 0.8
2014 WMI A 98 400 .307 .258 .325 .377 .266 .353 92 19.8 11.4 5.1 -0.4 0.7 36.7 3.8 36.7 3.8

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2014 BGR A 114 15 27 5 2 2 11 15 30 3 0 .278 .377 .433 .155 .291 8.5 -1.2 0.8
2014 WMI A 400 40 95 14 12 6 50 39 96 3 6 .269 .346 .428 .159 .307 36.7 -0.4 3.8

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Top 101 Dynasty League Prospects for 2015: Part 1: 51-101Bret Sayre2015-02-25
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: American LeagueChris Mellen2015-02-23
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: American LeagueNick J. Faleris2015-02-23
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsMark Anderson2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsBP Prospect Staff2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsJeff Moore2015-02-17
The Top 101 Prospects of 2015: Sliced and DicedRob McQuown2015-02-16
The Top 101 Prospects of 2015: Sliced and DicedMauricio Rubio2015-02-16
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015Nick J. Faleris2015-02-09
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015BP Prospect Staff2015-02-09
2015 Prospects: Top 101 Prospects of 2015Chris Mellen2015-02-09
BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 5-7Bret Sayre2015-02-05
Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 ShortstopsBret Sayre2015-02-05
Get to Know: Shortstop ProspectsBen Carsley2015-02-03
Get to Know: Shortstop ProspectsCraig Goldstein2015-02-03
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 ProspectsChris Mellen2015-01-21
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-01-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Replacing a LegendR.J. Anderson2014-12-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Replacing a LegendMike Gianella2014-12-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Replacing a LegendJordan Gorosh2014-12-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Replacing a LegendCraig Goldstein2014-12-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Replacing a LegendAndrew Koo2014-12-08
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 ProspectsChris Mellen2014-12-03
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2014-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, August 4Jeff Moore2014-08-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price TradeJ.P. Breen2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price TradeJordan Gorosh2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price TradeCraig Goldstein2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price TradeR.J. Anderson2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price TradeSam Miller2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price TradePaul Sporer2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Great Big David Price TradeJeff Quinton2014-08-01
BP Unfiltered: The 2014 Trade Deadline Transaction Analysis Thread BP Staff2014-07-31

BP Chats

2015-02-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)Better offensive upside, Willy Adames or Amed Rosario?
(RTrydel from Baltimore)
Adames, but both have less offensive potential than conventional wisdom suggest. (Bret Sayre)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Settle these arguments for me please: 1) Is Willy Adames a better prospect than Rio Ruiz? 2) Steven Souza or Wil Myers for the next five years?
(Omarion from Hardly, On., Canada)
I'll take Adames. Was unimpressed with Ruiz in my AFL viewing. Feel for contact is there, but I don't think he's a 3B, and if he isn't, then what is the profile like? Fringy, contact-oriented strong side platoon guy? Adames does nothing spectacularly, but I think he'll hit for some avg/power at the big league level, and his defense at a non-SS position should be solid avg.

Myers by quite a bit. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)I'm having a hard time getting a read on Willy Adames ... getting the impression Ahmed Rosario, Gleyber Torres are better prospects (bat and defense) ... what's your take?
(Jim from Orlando)
I really like Adames and believe he could be a solid regular at the MLB level. That said, I'm a bigger fan of Rosario and Torres. I would take both as low-level shortstop prospects ahead of Adames. There's too much in Adames' game that leaves me slightly down on the defensive profile and an aggressive approach that could limit the offensive output. That said, Adames is a very good prospect, and one the Rays were smart to target at the deadline last year. (Mark Anderson)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Willy Adames is ranked the #1 prospect in the Rays system- Is that due to a weaker farm, or is his talent legit?
(Ron from Texarkana)
Both. (Jeff Moore)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Glad to see that Willy Adames is on the list. I'm very torn on his upside. Does he possess the elite upside of some of the other SS in the low minors (Rosario, etc)?
(James from Tampa)
I had him as a 6/5 in the Ray's Top 10 so I see him a bit below. It's good upside as a first-division regular though. There are some thoughts he's going to slide off the position down the line as he isn't the most natural at shortstop, but he has shown to be able to handle it for now. (Top 101 Chat)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is Willy Adames a top 100 guy in your mine?
(Tiger from Roseville, MN)
I have had a fair amount of exposure to Adames during his brief Stateside career, and I'm having trouble seeing him as a Top 100 type of player. I can see flashes of impact tools on occasion, but more often than not everything looks like it is going to come together as a fringe to average Major League infielder, and that just doesn't excite me the way I believe a top 100 talent should. (Mark Anderson)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Willy Adames? Having hard time sorting out his talent and attention he's getting against lack of depth in the Ray's system
(Chris from Tampa)
It was even harder to sort out just how good Adames was when compared to the complete absence of depth in the Tigers system. I like Adames. I've seen him a fair bit, both right when he arrived in the States and a little bit in West Michigan this year. The defensive profile sits around average if the body matures as you'd expect from an athlete of his caliber, and I think he sticks at the position for a while, at least. I think the bat is going to play but he's going to have to evolve the approach a bit to really see his raw power manifest in games. I like Adames a lot but I'm not convinced he's a budding star quite yet. I've talked to scouts that turned him in as everything from a utility player to a high-6 talent; that's a wide gap and one that should narrow as he faces a little stiffer competition in the FSL in 2015. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-14 18:00:00 (link to chat)What is Willy Adames' ceiling? I like Price a lot, but in a vacuum, are the Tigers going to regret trading away Willy?
(Bill from Detroit)
His ceiling is Babe Ruth. He can be as good as Babe Ruth. He better start eating though. (Matt Sussman)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)While it's believed that the Rays farm system is now a Bottom 10 system, due to poor drafting/graduations/trades, it's being given a bit of a bad wrap. The last couple of years have seen the Rays acquire useful Major League players(Escobar, Boxberger, Hanigan, Roberts) for generally unknown prospects and many other prospecting websites have both Rays pitching and positional prospects littered throughout "sleeper" and "breakout" prospect lists. Are the Rays starting to creep up system rankings again? Doesn't hurt to acquire a guy like Willy Adames or sign a guy like Adrian Rondon either.
(jlarsen from Chicagoland)
The Tigers have acquired useful parts for their prospects, and still have a bottom ten system. Adames is on the fringe of the top 100, and I don't think he makes it. Rondon probably won't debut until 2020.

In fact, the Rays system is probably at its weakest point in this administration. The botching of the 2011 draft has a lot to do with it. They had what, 11 picks in the first 100, and there's a very strong possibility that there isn't an every day regular in the bunch.

Every system has 'breakout candidates' and unknown guys who step up. It's entirely possible they place zero guys in the top 100, although I think O'Connor/Adames are somewhere in the conversation. Where is the impact coming from? I don't know if they have anyone who I'd project as a '6' OFP player, aside from Rondon who can barely drive. So, to answer your question, they're a bottom ten system. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking at Willy Adames' stats, post-trade, it seems that he improved as a hitter a bit. Does pairing him up with Wong at the top of the order and down the middle defensively settle the young speedster down and allow for him to see and wait for better, more hittable pitches?
(Hot Rod from Illinois)
It's A Ball. So, no. He's just good. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The pub on Willy Adames has grown exponentially since Thursday. What's his realistic future?
(PG from Florida)
Yeah, getting traded at the deadline will do that to you. His realistic future is to get out of his teens and then we can figure out where he'll play. He could stick up the middle or move to third. It's a good bad though. Still a long way away. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)Ok Ben, talk us Rays fans off the ledge. Give us something on Willy Adames.
(James from Florida)
Jordon Gorosh told me he likes him earlier today, and heís definitely the man to ask for this. In terms of talking you off the ledge ... I really canít, sorry. I like Franklin as a starter and I like Smyly as a fine No. 4, but thatís not enough for Price. I sincerely think the Rays couldíve and shouldíve done better. Nice to see Franklin freed from a fantasy POV, though.

Lots of "wtf Rays" questions, I'll knock a few of them out here. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of offensive upside do you see with Willy Adames? How would you rate his future bat and power? Can he stay at SS?
(Joe Random from San Jose)
It's funny, I've been stuffing Adames since the spring. It's gone from "who the F is this guy" to "is he the best Tigers prospect??" (he's not, by the way).

In fact, a guy who I trust within the Tigers org told me this spring "you may not know who this guy is, but he's got the highest upside of any of the Tigers MIFs." Turns out, that is probably correct. I'm not 100% Adames can stick at SS, because he's got thick legs already at 18. He makes the routine plays there now, and the range is average, but he's going to continue to get stronger, and the upper body should fill out some. It's not a Juan Uribe build, but he's not a small dude.

At the plate, he's got plus bat speed, and a really good approach for an 18 YO. The MWL is tough to hit, especially for power (not like his next level, FSL will be any better). There are a lot of moving parts here, but I could see him being a solid average hitter with solid average power. Maybe even a half tick more on each. It's exciting, and he's in the Tigers' top 5 prospects. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Could you rank these Tigers prospects in order of most to least you would be ok with getting traded for relief help at the deadline. Javier Bentancourt, Willy Adames, Johnathan Crawford
(Jimmy from Grand Rapids)
I'd prefer they held onto Adames. Crawford, then Betancourt. Betancourt is a hit tool first 2B without any big time athletic skills. Just a personal favorite of mine because he's got a nice approach and high ceiling. Crawford looks more and more like a reliever every time I see him. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)In five years, who is the best player: Willy Adames, Derek Hill, Jake Thompson, Robbie Ray, Nick Castellanos?
(Tigersfan from MI)
Hill has the highest ceiling, but I'll go Castellanos. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How about the season Willy Adames is putting together at West Michigan. How has his stock changed so far this season? Very impressed with his performance for his age. Any increase in projected upside now?
(Jim Humdingding from Keenesburg, CO)
Adames has one of the highest raw ceilings in the Tigers system. He always had the raw ceiling, but even the Tigers didn't expect him to put things together this quickly. His approach at the plate has been vastly improved over last year in the DSL. His defense has been solid and the raw power is playing very well. He's a Top 10 guy in that system right now in my opinion. (Mark Anderson)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)What prospect not on everyone's radar that should be?
(Johnny from NY)
I follow the Tigers pretty closely, and see a lot of MWL ball, so my answer is kind of biased here. However, Willy Adames hasn't been getting much attention quite yet, and I think that's going to change soon. One of the youngest guys in a pitcher heavy league at 18, hitting for some average, walking, and producing some power. The lower half is a bit thick, and even though he's got the tools to play SS, there's a possibility he ends up at 3B. He's got legit bat speed, and will likely crack the Tigers top 10 this offseason. (Jordan Gorosh)

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