Number 2 reason that the Angels should not bring up Jo Adell: He’s still not sound defensively
LA Angels fans all remember Jo Adell’s defensive struggles last season. From that four-base error, to other mistakes on defense, it was something the Angels needed to see improvement on in the Minors this year.
He’s shown that he can make some highlight-reel plays, but defense is of course more than that.
The LA Angels are hands-down the worst defensive team in the MLB. They lead the MLB with 44 errors (the team’s only played 55 games), and their .977 fielding percentage is also the worst in the MLB.
Adell had a .961 fielding percentage last season for the Angels. Again, he’s improved since then, but that’s not saying a ton. Adell needed to have made major defensive improvement to earn his shot at consistent Major League playing time.
And GM Perry Minasian has made it clear that he wants to send Adell up to the Major Leagues when he’s ready to play there for the rest of the season. The Angels aren’t interested in having Adell develop on defense through trial-and-error in the MLB. They need him to be ready when they call him up, and ready to stay put in the Majors.