We all know about Adell’s disastrous rookie season last year. His .161/.212/.266 slash line was not something the Angels had envisioned for their top prospect when they called him up in early August.
While the organization still views Adell as a future star, Maddon has already gone on record to say Adell would start the 2021 campaign in the minors.
Now, having said that, you never know what Maddon’s true intentions with a comment like that are. It’s entirely possible he has attempted to motivate the 21-year-old to take his offseason training seriously by giving him something to prove. Not only does Adell post his daily workouts, but he has also made improvements to his swing. It looks like the comment is indeed driving him to improve.
I also believe Adell could use some more time in the minors. He was called up to triple-A late in the 2019 season, so in addition to the lack of minor league games last year, he’s only had a brief cup of coffee in Salt Lake. The extra time could help to build up his confidence so that he’s ready to contribute to the playoff push when called up.
An impressive spring camp could put Jo Adell on the Opening Day roster.
Of course, all the evidence points to him beginning the year in triple-A with his horrendous season, the acquisition of Fowler, and Maddon’s comments. Still, I’m optimistic that if Adell shows up to camp and dominates, there is a non-zero chance he wins the right-field job.