Date of Birth: 2/11/1995 (2014 Opening Day Age: 18)
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|
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.
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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