2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Willy Adames
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
While most of the infield remains in flux for Tampa Bay, Willy Adames projects as the only player to log the biggest timeshare at shortstop in the year ahead. Last season, Adames appeared in 152 games with 69 runs, 20 home runs, 52 RBI, four stolen bases and a .254/.317/.418 slash line at 22 years old. Adames will not turn 24 until this September but needs to show progress with uber-prospect Wander Franco at his position for the Rays.
Delving into Adames splits from 2019, some intriguing trends emerge. He hit a robust .304/.376/.530 in 76 road games with 15 home runs. However, he struggled at home with a .204/.253/.304 line in 75 contests and only five home runs. Adames surged in September with a .317/.371/.540 slash line over his last 20 games with five doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI hitting safely in seven of his last eight. There’s room for growth with simple migration to the mean in home games along with improved numbers versus left-handed pitching. During his debut...