2023 Player Outlook
Adames had a bit of a slow start to the season, but a more productive second half allowed his final numbers to end at .238/.298/.458 with career bests in home runs (31), runs scored (83), RBI (98) and stolen bases (8). At first glance the batting average was down, influenced heavily by a .278 BABIP, but once again in 2022, his xBA was rather low. Arguably my biggest gripe from Adames’ 2022 season is that his walk rate dropped to below 10 percent, after being at nine percent or higher in three of the four prior seasons. He left the zone more, and swung more overall, but was fortunate that he didn’t whiff as much, or both his walk and strikeout rates would have gone the wrong way. Adames provides good pop for the position and has been a 3+ WAR player in each of the past two seasons. If the walk rate doesn’t rebound, leagues that value OBP may not be as enamored by Adames, but regardless of format, a shortstop who will hit 25+ home runs with 80+ runs scored and RBI is going to attract ample attention.