LA Angels prospect Jo Adell is chosen for Futures Game

Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) /

LA Angels prospect Jo Adell has had an up and down year. He was injured in Spring Training that caused him to miss three months.  Upon his return he has been on fire.

Jo Adell is the LA Angels top prospect in their minor league system.  He is ranked #4 in the MLB.Com top 100 prospects and could be in Anaheim as soon as next season.  On Friday Adell was chosen to take part in the Futures All-Star Game on Sunday July 7th at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. Adell was the 10th pick overall in the first round of the 2017 Amateur Draft.

Since returning from the injured list Adell has been on fire.  Adell is hitting .358 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 25 games.  He also has swatted 10 doubles and stolen four bases.  His OBP is .425 and has an OPS of 1.046.  Adell started out playing in Single-A Inland Empire for six games before being called up to Double-A Mobile.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus thinks that Adell has a high ceiling.

“Obviously, we think highly of him. We like the tools he has.  He’s come very fast over the last year through the minor league ranks from Burlington to IE to Mobile,” Ausmus said. “He’s a guy who’s got a lot of power, a lot of speed, a lot of athleticism. He’s still developing.”

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This is Adell’s second nomination to play in the Futures Game in Washington where Adell went 1 for 4 with a double and a RBI. He will be playing for the American League team in the game in a format change as it will no longer be USA vs the World Team.  It is now the AL vs the NL.

When Adell was in Inland Empire last month I talked to him about his future hopes for his career.

“It was hard getting hurt in Spring Training. I was very frustrated as I thought I would be out for the season. However, when I realized that there is 140 games, and I would only be out a couple of months so I get myself back right in the long run is nothing,” Adell said. “In Spring Training they called it “The Youth Camp” because we had so many young and talented players. The next couple of years is going to be a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Adell should be called up to Triple-A Salt Lake City soon if he keeps on hitting as well as he has.  There is an outside chance that he may get called up to Anaheim in September, but more than you will see Adell in 2020 at the Big “A”.

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Congratulations to Jo Adell.  Looking forward to watching you play in the Futures Game.