Adames went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Friday against the Twins. Adames delivered a two-run blast in the fourth inning to give the Rays a 3-2 lead. The 23-year-old shortstop is batting just .235 so far this spring but is evidently beginning to come around at the dish.
Adames spent the offseason focusing on gaining strength and working on a slight adjustment at the plate, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. Specifically, Adames noted that he's working to eliminate a toe tap from his swing and merely sticking with a leg kick to generate power from his lower half. The 23-year-old, who is projected to serve as the Rays' Opening Day shortstop, noted that because it's only a slight change, he won't hesitate to reintegrate the toe tap back into his swing if he isn't getting the desired results early on in the season. Adames struggled to make an impact in his initial taste of the big leagues last summer but shined upon receiving a second callup from Triple-A Durham, slashing .305/.383/.435 from July 22 onward.
Adames went 2-for-4 with a run in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday. Adames wrapped up the 2018 campaign with three straight two-hit efforts and a spectacular second half of the season overall. The rookie didn't begin hitting his stride until shortly after the All-Star break, hitting .329 from August 1st onward. Adames will head into spring training 2019 with a lock on the everyday shortstop job, with Rays management and fantasy owners alike undoubtedly intrigued about what he might be capable of during the course of a full major-league season.
Adames went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a walk and a run in a loss to the Blue Jays on Friday. He's 4-for-14 with three RBI and two runs in the four games since returning from an illness. The rookie is closing out the season on a high note, as Friday's production pushed his September average to .325. He's now contributed three two-hit efforts in his last six contests, and his 25 hits and 13 walks have led to a .422 on-base percentage in September.
Adames (illness) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Adames missed a pair of starts due to illness. He was able to draw a walk as a pinch hitter Monday and will be a full participant Tuesday, batting eighth and playing shortstop.
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