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Five LA Angels Prospects that could make Opening Day Roster

By David Rice
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Ty Buttrey #31 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Ty Buttrey #31 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /
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TEMPE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 19: Jo Adell #59 poses for a portrait during Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim photo day on February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
TEMPE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 19: Jo Adell #59 poses for a portrait during Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim photo day on February 19, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Jo Adell – outfielder

Everyone is so anxious to see Jo Adell in the majors, but it probably will not happen right away to start the season as the Angels have three capable outfielders in Mike Trout, Justin Upton, and Kole Calhoun.  They also have Peter Bourjos or Michael Hermosillo in the fourth outfield spot so Adell’s path seems to be blocked at the moment.

However, if Calhoun goes into a long slump or there is an injury to one or two of the Angel outfielders, Adell could be called up to the majors. More than likely though we may see Adell called up if the Angels decide to trade Kole Calhoun sometime during the season.

Adell is a bonafide five-tool player with a tremendous upside and has already been compared to Mike Trout which is probably not fair to him, but we will have to see. At any rate Adell is definitely knocking at the door after rising all the way to Double-A last season.

Adell hit .290 between Low-Single-A , High Single-A, and Double-A last season.  He swatted 20 homers and drove in 77 runs with 15 stolen bases and a .355 OBP.  So far this Spring Adell has yet to collect his first hit, but that is just growing pains.

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Adell could turn it around this Spring and post solid numbers only further accelerating his path to the majors.  My guess is at the very least you will see him in Anaheim by August if not sooner.  We will see what happens.

This is just five of the Angels prospects that have a good shot to reach the majors in 2019. Let us know what you think and if there is someone else you might add to this list.

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