Three LA Angels Prospects That Could Make 2019 Impact
By Vincent Page
It could finally be time, Angels fans. Jo Adell is the #1 prospect in the Angels’ organization, and the #15 amateur in all of the MLB. He has long been viewed as the best prospect for the Angels since Mike Trout went pro, and he has earned every bit of it.
Adell is a true five-tool baseball player. His speed is elite, along with his glove. His arm and contact are both exceptional, and he has the power to drive balls out of the park or into the gaps, where he can use his legs to make some magic happen.
When the Angels originally made Adell their first round pick in 2017, he was seen as Trout’s eventual running mate in the outfield, but was not projected to reach the MLB until 2020. Now, it seems a call up to the big leagues sometime during the summer is all but guaranteed for Adell.
Where he will play is a question mark. Obviously Kole Calhoun struggled at times last year, and if his bat goes cold in 2019, we could see Calhoun handoff his role to Adell once the top prospect is ready.
Another possibility would be to platoon Adell and Calhoun, and they hit form different sides of the plate. Obviously Trout isn’t going anywhere, and with Justin Upton‘s contract he’ll be an everyday starter. With Trout’s free agency looming over the franchise and the need to contend as real as ever, the Angels can’t afford to be patient with Adell.