LA Angels suffer bad news from the farm system
LA Angels’ 2018 first-round draft pick Jordyn Adams‘ jaw is wired shut after breaking it from an outfield collision on August 14.
Adams, who departed the game in the third inning, collided with fellow outfielder Nonie Williams while trying to make a play on the ball for Rookie-level Orem Owlz.
However, while Adams’ jaw remains wired shut, he is hopeful to get the wires off Friday, according to MLB.com’s Maria Guardado.
According to Guardado, Adams has been restricted to a liquid diet since his surgery, causing him to drop 10 pounds in two weeks. It remains unclear whether Adams will play the rest of the season.
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It’s an unfortunate situation for Adams as he has been playing well as of late. Adams seemed to struggle when he was first drafted and sent to the Angels’ AZL league, batting .243/.354/.329 and striking out 23 times to 10 walks. But, since being promoted to Rookie-level Orem, he’s seeing the ball well, improving his slash line to .314/.375/.486. In 29 games played total between AZL and Orem, he’s batting .267/.361/.381.
Adams, who was originally recruited by the University of North Carolina to play football, was drafted No. 17 overall for his sheer speed and athleticism, giving him the ability to make plays in the outfield and also steal bases. He shows average power behind the plate and has the upside to hit 15-20 homeruns a season, according to MLB.com
While his position is in center field, it will be interesting to see how he progresses. 2017 first-round draft pick Jo Adell, who’s rated as the No.1 prospect in the Angels’ farm system according to MLB.com, also plays center field and could create a jam in center field. Angels’ No.4 prospect, Jahmai Jones, has already made a switch from the outfield to second base because of the influx of talent the Angels already have in the outfield. Brandon Marsh, who is rated No.2 overall, also plays in the outfield, giving the Angels plenty of prospect depth in the outfield.
Adams is currently ranked sixth overall in the Angels’ farm system by MLB Pipeline.