Yes, Willy Adames has not played a game in the Majors yet. However, as the Tampa Bay Rays top prospect, and someone that could develop into a star in the middle of the infield, he warrants a place on this list.
More from Rays Colored Glasses
- Tampa Bay Rays give richest contract in franchise history to Wander Franco
- Remembering Julio Lugo’s time with the Tampa Bay Rays
- Are you the 2021 FanSided Sports Fan of the Year?
- Rays: Just how good was Randy Arozarena’s rookie season?
- Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino stands out despite low batting average
As it stands, Adames is one of the better all around talents in the minors. A top 100 prospect since 2015, he has rocketed up the rankings, coming in as the 21st best prospect this year according to MLB.com.
Looking at his production, it is easy to understand why. Last season, as a 20 year old in AA, he produced a solid .274/.372/.430 batting line, hitting 11 home runs and stealing 13 bases. He made the Southern League All Star Game, showing that although he was four years younger than the average player, he was still amongst the best. Defensively, although he may not seem like the prototypical shortstop, he showed a strong arm and great instincts, leading to the hope that he can remain there or the foreseeable future.
It may be strange to sign a player to a long term deal before they play in the Majors, but it is not unprecedented. Likewise, the Rays did sign Longoria to his first extension after just a couple of weeks in the Majors, so it is possible. If Adames continues to show his all around game at AAA, and shows he can play at the Major League level, he could find himself with a long term deal.
Who would you want to see the Tampa Bay Rays give a long term contract extension to? Let us know in the comments.