The Undercards: Willy Adames Slams 2 Doubles, Drives in 2
by Robbie Knopf Rays Colored Glasses
High-A Florida State League: Charlotte Stone Crabs 6, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5
Willy Adames is a player that we have mentioned surprisingly little in these minor league recaps. Firstly, we should expect that to change, and secondly, that doesn’t mean that he is playing poorly. Adames delivered a big game on Monday, going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, a walk, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored. His line on the season now stands at .266/.314/.422, which is a little short of where he wants to be but is certainly nothing to scoff at.
Adames is just 19 years old in a league where the average age is nearly 24. His inexperience has shown at times early on the season between some struggles with more advanced breaking pitches, a lack of plate discipline (22-5 strikeout to walk ratio), and a few too many misplays in the field, but he has the talent to make adjustments and overcome those flaws. It is crazy that Adames is already at High-A even though he has so much more room to grow as a baseball player, and he is a player with incredible upside.