Long legs, good frame to grow into, solid present build for age but can handle more weight while still being able to handle shortstop position.
4/18/15, 5/6/15, 6/20/15
Charlotte Stone Crabs (High A, Rays)
55, above-average regular
Quiet stance; loads into elongated bat wrap behind head; plus bat speed with quick hands; aggressive approach leads to expansion of zone, though progress of strike zone refinement was seen in successive viewings.
Power generated by strong wrists and bat speed; swing trajectory leads to fly balls, creates back spin; home run power currently on pull side only, development of power will hinge on approach and plan of attack.
4.25 to first base, speed is neither an asset or liability; should be an average runner during prime.
Smooth hands and actions at up-the-middle position; gains ground nicely through routine plays; average range; solid athlete; will make routine plays and shows creativity on those at edges of range.
Plus arm strength, quick release, plus carry; left-side arm all the way.
Adames is a very good shortstop who, assuming he doesn't put on significant amounts of weight, should be able to stay at the position. He doesn't have the elite range of some of his plus-fielding contemporaries, but he has enough to get the job done and makes the routine plays consistently. His arm can be a weapon from the left side.
With the bat, Adames a work in progress with all the requisite skill to be an above-average hitter and a plus hitter for his position. The application of his offensive skill set will hinge on his ability to stay within the strike zone, something he's already shown progress at throughout this season. He won't hit for significant power, but he should provide more power than many shortstops. If he reaches his ceiling, he'll be an everyday shortstop who can hit atop a big league lineup.