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Tampa Bay Rays Top Prospect Adames to Debut

By Michael Emdeyar
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 07: A Tampa Bay Rays glove and cap before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 07, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 07: A Tampa Bay Rays glove and cap before the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 07, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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22-year old shortstop Willy Adames will play his first games with the Tampa Bay Rays tonight.

When the Rays traded David Price to the Detroit Tigers in 2014, the real prize of the trade was something they couldn’t quite reach yet.  As first reported this afternoon by ESPN’s Enrique Rojas, the Rays will take a peek at Willy Adames this week when the Boston Red Sox come to town to take on the Rays.

Adames will be thrust right into the fire tonight, being penciled in as the starting shortstop and batting fifth in the lineup.  His first big league at bats will come against Red Sox ace Chris Sale, so he will immediately have his hands full.  But, his stay is expected to be short, as it is suggested to be only as a temporary move while Joey Wendle leaves the team to be with his wife and new baby boy.

As one of the Rays’ top prospects, Adames brings his .311 batting average and four home runs to the Trop at a time when the Rays are also missing regular shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria who is on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury.

This move should draw a lot of attention to the Rays this week, but would leave fans frustrated if he shines in his debut and is still shipped out when Wendle returns.  For me, this is a move that deserves a consistent chance to play itself out.

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