60-man player pool top prospects – Jo Adell, Outfielder
There are few prospects in baseball that are entering the 2020 season with as much hype as Angels outfielder Jo Adell. Currently ranked as the third overall prospect in the game (according to MLB.com), Adell is on the cusp of being ready to join the major league club and the anticipation is that he could be called upon during the 2020 season.
So what is all the hype about?
Drafted with the 10th overall pick in 2017, Adell has more than rewarded the Angels’ faith in his potential by hitting at every stop. That includes stints at every level of the minors in 2019, where he hit a combined .289/.359/.475 with 10 home runs and 36 RBI, despite being delayed due to injuries in Spring Training. He followed that up by going .273/.351/.444 with eight doubles, three home runs, and nine RBI in the Arizona Fall League.
From a defensive perspective, Adell is likely slated for a corner outfield role, especially with Mike Trout firmly cemented in center field for the next 11 seasons. That shouldn’t be a tall task, as Adell grades out as a 60-grade fielder with a 60-grade arm. If he can tap into his power potential in the coming years, he’ll be a prototypical corner outfielder.
Of course, the Angels don’t have to rush Jo Adell either, and by keeping him off the active roster for the first seven days of the 2020 season, they can retain an extra season of contractual control over him. Given their full outfield, there shouldn’t be an immediate need. However, if injuries arise, Adell could well get his first shot.