This was the first full season he spent with the Rays organization in 2015 when the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League compiled a batting average of 258/343/379.
At the 2016 Futures Game, he was a member of the World Team while still playing in the Southern League for Montgomery Biscuits of AA.
With 31 doubles, six triples, and 11 home runs, he had a batting average of .274/.372/.430 in 132 games. In 2017, he was promoted to AAA by the Durham Bulls of the International League, where he spent the season.
In 130 games, he slugged .277/.360/.415 with 30 doubles and 10 home runs.
The Rays decided to delay his debut in order to prolong his eligibility for arbitration, and he was back in Durham for the start of 2018, even though he had nothing left to prove in the minors.
In his first 40 games, he was hitting.311 with four homers and 25 RBI.
He made his Rays debut in a game against the Red Sox on May 22nd, playing shortstop and hitting fifth. His lone at-bat against Chris Sale, in the fourth inning, was a solo home run.
As the season progressed, he showed signs of being ready to play every day in the majors, even if he still had a lot to learn, and Adeiny Hechavarria gradually lost playing time to Willy.
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