Ready for some gushing? Meet Adael Amador.
- Born: April 11, 2003
- B/T: Both/Right
- 6’0″, 200-lbs
- Signed by the Colorado Rockies as a free agent in 2019.
His raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:
If you know me, you know I love this chart. The OBP is there from the beginning because he simply does not strike out that often. In fact, as he climbs levels, he is striking out less!
He draws his walks, the power is developing, he steals a base often enough to be valuable to his club. There’s not much to criticize here.
He turned 20 and then started High-A, about 2 1/2 years younger than the average player. So while he simply will not strike out against anyone at any time, his walk rate at first was low in April and that hurt his OBP. But when he got on, he stole bases.
In May it looked great, power is there, walks are back, he’s on base.
In June he cranked it up a notch.
Notice how year-by-year his strikeouts drop, and then within the year it drops month-by-month?
Handedness K% and BB%
A+ (vs RH): 9%K and 11%BB. (vs LH): 13%K and 14%BB.
Looking at the batting lines, and it’s clear Amador hits righties much better than lefties. But looking at the batting skills, he still gets on base against lefties and doesn’t strike out too much. With his developing power, we could speculate he will hit home runs against RHP and spray line drives against lefties.
- Rotowire: #106 on their Top 400
- Fantrax: #66 on their Top 400
- RotoProspects: #64 on Top 500
- Toolshed Fantasy ($): #41 on Top 500
- PARSlist ($): 96.4 (Multi-year All-Star)
- PLIVE+: 125 (40th-best batter)
The power is developing, and he doesn’t have much of an OPS against lefties yet, but he gets on base regardless.
His body type leads scouts to expect him to be 2B only soon.
But PARS loves this guy, and frankly, so do I. Steven Kwan with more power in Colorado? Sign me up!
Of course this is Colorado, so they will sign some veteran low-OBP guy to block him.
Otherwise, come 2025 or so, expect Amador to start collecting wRC+ for the Rockies. And by 2026 he should be making All-Star games.