LA Angels Top Prospect Jo Adell Promoted to AA
By Vincent Page
When the LA Angels selected Jo Adell in the first round of the 2017 draft, many viewed him as a long-term project due to his raw tools. However, Jo Adell has shown day after day how close he is to stardom.
Jo Adell represented the LA Angels in the 2018 MLB Futures Game. In the minor league All Star game, Adell went 1-4 but highlighted his five-tool capabilities throughout the game. Now, he is moving onto Double-A baseball with the Mobile Baybears as he continues his journey.
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In 2018 (Single-A and Single-A+), Adell has slashed .300/.360/.565 in 82 games. His contact and power numbers are what surprise most scouts, as his swing was seen as incredibly underdeveloped when he was drafted. However, 26 doubles and 18 home runs later and scouts are drooling at the talent that is Jo Adell.
The #16 prospect in all of baseball (per MLB.com) is leading the revival of the LA Angels farm system. He is joined by Brandon Marsh (84) and Griffin Canning (86) in the Top 100 prospects list. It will be interesting to see how Adell responds to better competition at AA, but all signs point to him continuing to succeed.
Just 14 months after being drafted, Adell is already drawing comparisons to Mike Trout. Once seen as his potential replacement given an estimated debut of 2020, he now seems like his future running mate. For him to be at his fourth minor league level at such a quick pace, 2019 is a very likely time for the Angels to introduce Anaheim to Jo Adell.
Adell is being touted as the best Angels prospect since Trout tore through the minor leagues to debut at just 19 years old. Adell will turn 20 in April, so matching Trout’s debut age will be a tough task. However, debuting at age 20 with Mike Trout to your side is not too bad either.