Willy Adames (21st overall)
Willy Adames had an outside chance to be the Tampa Bay Rays second baseman heading into the 2017 campaign. instead, he was sent to Durham, where at 21 years old, he was to finish his development with an eye towards a Major League role next season.
Thus far, Adames is proving that the Rays were correct to send him down. He has struggled in his first taste of AAA action, posting a .214/.304/.337 batting line heading into yesterday’s action. Adames has just one home run and two stolen bases, as his power and speed combination has yet to manifest for Durham.
There is reason to imagine that Adames will find success soon. His 23.2% strikeout rate is close to his minor league career average of 22.9%, and he has drawn a walk in 11.9% of his plate appearances.
More than five years younger than the league average, Adames should be able to get back on track soon. He certainly is not being overmatched, showing a solid batting eye and being able to make contact. It is just a matter of that contact resulting in production.
A power/speed threat who could become a middle of the order bat for the Tampa Bay Rays, Willy Adames has struggled thus far with the Durham Bulls. At this time next month, it would not be a surprise if his numbers were dramatically improved.