LA Angels: Who should replace Dexter Fowler in right field?
By Alfonso Cerna
I think the short answer for calling up Jo Adell or No.1 prospect Brandon Marsh from the team’s alternate site is simply no, at least not right now.
Both players are definitely the future of the Anaheim outfield, but they still need more time to develop. If manager Joe Maddon or the Angels organization believed they’d be ready so soon, they would have been on the 26-man roster to begin the season.
Angels: Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh both need more development.
Spring Training Statistics:
- Jo Adell (16 games): 26 PA (5-for-20) 2 HR 6 RBI 1.023 OPS
- Brandon Marsh (12 games): 17 PA (4-for-14) 0 HR 1 RBI .983 OPS
The minor league season won’t begin until May, so the only repetitions each player has gotten since the end of spring training has been at the Angels alternate site.
Adell may be a bit closer offensively right now. In a small sample size last summer, Adell appeared to be rushed to the big leagues too soon, slashing .161/.212/.266 with three home runs and seven RBI. He also walked seven times and had 55 strikeouts in 132 plate appearances in 2020. Adell did show improvement during his spring camp, walking six times with six strikeouts in 26 plate appearances. Defensively he could still use some work as he misplayed a few routine plays in the outfield.
Having seen what happened with Adell, I don’t think the Angels want to rush Marsh to the MLB-level just yet. Marsh dealt with some nagging injuries in spring training, so he was not used defensively as much as he was a designated hitter in the lineup. The former second-round pick has yet to play above Double-A so it’s likely the Halos want to see further development at the Triple-A level for a decent amount of time this season.
At the moment, the Angels aren’t in a desperate need for either young outfielder to provide a spark in the big leagues. Maybe it could happen towards the end of May at the earliest, but as of now the Angels will use one of the following options in right field.