Tigers Scouting Report #33: Willy Adames

Typically when you hear about raw, high power potential players in the Dominican, you expect them to be free swinging mashers. That's not the case with the young shortstop Willy Adames. Despite his impressive walk rate though, he does have plenty of pop in the bat. Find out what else inside.

Willy Adames


Position: Shortstop
Date of Birth: 2/11/1995 (2014 Opening Day Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6-1/180
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, 2012
Ranking History: #33 (2014)

Background: An early signing in the 2012 international signing period, the Tigers signed Adames for a reported $420,000 as a 16-year old. He debuted in 2013 with the DSL Tigers, showing solid defense and promising power.


2013 Stats - Hitting
DSL 26748491251215644912.245.419.370

Scouting Report

Body: Excellent frame; added height and weight since signing; projects to continue growing some; athletic and coordinated; pro-style body with strength throughout; athleticism should stick around as body grows; plus body.

Hit: Very traditional setup; hands start near shoulder height; load is consistent but needs to be a little quicker to the hitting zone; shows plus bat speed; has loft in swing; shows good knowledge of the strike zone; struggles with spin but could develop some awareness; will work counts but has to be tested with better pitching to truly grade approach; some feel for the barrel; doesn't always trust hands to work ball the other way; lots of development required with hit tool; would be eaten alive by older pitchers right now, but has some average projection; too early to project to average with crudeness. Grade – Present 2/Future 4+

Power: Most enticing part of game; easy bat speed; ball jumps of the bat to the pull side; should have strength to drive ball the opposite way pending hit tool development; potential for above-average raw; game power will hinge on hit development; already has some loft in the swing and should be able to lift/backspin the ball later in his development; intriguing power prospect. Grade – 4/5+

Speed: Good athlete; can get out of the box well; shows above-average times down the line; body projects to grow and some speed may be lost; should sustain at least average times down the line; speed plays down on the bases because of poor instincts/jumps; potential to steal 10-15 bases with improved instincts; raw base runner overall. Grade – 4+/5

Defense: Left side profile; good athlete; solid first step; reads the ball well off the bat; has better instincts in the field than at the plate or on the bases; above-average range to both sides; tracks the ball well in the air; nice hands; can make spectacular plays at times; needs improved focus on a consistent basis; projects as a shortstop right now but additional growth could push him to third base; above-average defensive profile at either left side spot. Grade – 3+/5+

Arm: Easy arm strength; strong throws across diamond; can get it there on a line from deep in the hole; shows plus arm with regularity; throws on the run have a little less zip; plus arm projection. Grade – 5/6

Other: Good character; enjoys time on the field; appears to have fun and is liked by teammates; instincts are raw.

Final Word

Summary: Raw talent with high ceiling; power and glove can both play as he gets to higher levels; hit tool is x-factor in developmental path; potential to be above-average left side defender and solid runner with pop; hit could reach average levels down the line; doesn't have natural feel for the game on both sides of the ball and that will need to come for full development.

Risk: Extreme risk; Some lack of feel; raw tools more impressive than skills; no stateside resume.

Projection: Potential above-average shortstop with an incredible amount of risk; long developmental path ahead; wide range of potential outcomes because of raw tools and youth.

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