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Breaking down what LA Angels prospects you could see in Anaheim in 2019

By David Rice
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JULY 08: Salt Lake Bees catcher John Hester talks with baseball legend Dale Murphy during a stop of the 2014 Mobil Super "Go The Distance" Baseball Tour on July 8, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Mobil Super)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JULY 08: Salt Lake Bees catcher John Hester talks with baseball legend Dale Murphy during a stop of the 2014 Mobil Super "Go The Distance" Baseball Tour on July 8, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Mobil Super) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Jo Adell of the U.S. Team scores on a passed ball against the World Team in the seventh inning during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Jo Adell of the U.S. Team scores on a passed ball against the World Team in the seventh inning during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

Jo Adell –

Jo Adell was the Angels first round pick in 2017 out of Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky.  Jo Adell is what is known as a five-tool player.  Adell like Canning has risen up quickly through the Angels minor league system. Adell started out in the Arizona League in Tempe, Arizona playing 31 games hitting .288 with four homers and 21 RBIs with five stolen bases and a .351 OBP in 2017.

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Adell then went to Rookie League in Orem and he played in 18 games hitting .376 with a homer and nine RBIs. That ended Adell’s first season with the Angels.

Last season Adell started in Low Single-A at Burlington and continued to tear it up hitting .326 in 25 games with six homers and 29 RBIs. Adell had a .398 OBP and also stole four bases before being promoted to High Single-A in Inland Empire in early May.

Adell started slowly hitting only .200 in his first 20 games for the 66’ers, but then he got hot over his next 37 games there hitting 12 home runs and driving in 42 runs.  Adell ended up hitting .290 for the 66’ers and also stole nine bases by the all-star break and Adell was whisked off to Double-A Mobile where he played the last 17 games with the Bay Bears hitting .238 with two homers and driving in six.

For the season Adell ended up hitting .290 with 20 homers and driving in 77 runs with 15 stolen bases with a .355 OBP. Adell will likely be invited to Spring Training in Arizona but will probably start the 2019 season in Triple-A Salt Lake.  If Adell does well you could definitely see him in Anaheim after the All-Star Break or at least he could be a September call-up.

Adell will almost assuredly be in the Angels outfield in 2020 as Kole Calhoun will most likely be a free agent after the 2019 season (there is a club option for 2020). Where Adell will play in the outfield though is not quite as clear, but the Angels will cross that bridge when they come to it.

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