The Rays plan to promote star prospect Willy Adames to the major leagues for Tuesday night’s game, per ESPN’s Enrique Rojas:
Fuente: #Rays planea subir al SS dominicano Willy Adames y ponerlo a debutar contra #RedSox. Adames tiene 22 años y es prospecto #1 de Tampa Bay.— Enrique Rojas/ESPN (@Enrique_Rojas1) May 22, 2018
Adames is ranked as the Rays’ No. 2 prospect, the No. 22 prospect overall in baseball, and the No. 5 shortstop prospect in the game by MLB Pipeline. He’s hitting .311/.387/.466 with four homers over 173 plate appearances at Triple-A Durham this season. This was the second season at Durham for Adames, who was a bit slow in adjusting to the minors’ top level.
Adames is just the latest top Rays prospect to ascend to the majors in recent weeks. Infielder Christian Arroyo, the prize of the offseason trade that sent Evan Longoria to San Francisco, made his Rays debut last week. Anthony Banda, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Steven Souza Jr. trade, also joined Tampa’s rotation last week after spending almost all of the first two months of the season at Triple-A.
Adames will presumably soak up most of the playing time at shortstop with Adeiny Hechavarria having been placed on the disabled list over the weekend. Utility man Daniel Robertson had been occupying that spot since Hechavarria went down on Thursday.