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LA Angels: 3 reasons the Angels should not bring up Jo Adell

Sep 5, 2020; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell (59) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the game at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Angels Baseball/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network
Sep 5, 2020; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell (59) hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the game at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Angels Baseball/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network
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Sure, Jo Adell has been mashing at the plate for the LA Angels Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake.

Jo Adell has smoked 12 home runs and four doubles in just 23 games for the Salt Lake Bees, speculating whether it’s time for him to return to the LA Angels Major League club right now.

Just a few hours ago, I wrote from the perspective that Jo Adell should be called up. This article, however, will be written from the perspective that Adell should not be brought up:

Number 1 reason that the Angels should not bring up Jo Adell: He’s too boom-or-bust at the plate right now

You know the numbers. Adell’s hitting all these home runs and driving in all these RBIs.

But do you really know the numbers? Are you aware that Adell’s also struck out 36 times in 109 plate appearances?

It’s no reason to be discouraged from Adell’s long-term prospects, but bringing him up this early when he at times seems to just either hit a home run or strike out could affect his development. Usually, clubs don’t want to bring up guys who aren’t displaying as many tools as they can from the lower levels.

Adell can hit for power, but if he’s striking out so much to the point where he’s batting .238, how well is he really going to succeed as a pure hitter in the MLB?

Hitting Major League pitching is the hardest thing to do in sports, so if he can’t hit for average in the Minors, he most likely won’t have a very high number of quality at-bats, and that could have him lose some confidence.

Losing confidence could then affect the number of home runs that he’s hitting. His on-base percentage is .294. That’s legitimately bad for the Triple-A level.

Let him improve his vision and focus on having consistent quality at-bats before sending him up to the Majors.

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