LA Angels: 3 reasons the Angels should not bring up Jo Adell
By Evan Desai
Number 3 reason that the Angels should not bring up Jo Adell: Trout’s out, but the Angels don’t necessarily need the depth yet
Mike Trout being injured called for lots of concern. The players who have had to step up in Trout’s absence, however, haven’t been looking all too bad, though.
In his last 12 games, Taylor Ward’s hitting .297/.381/.514 while driving in nine runs and smoking two over the fence. He’s played solid defense as well. Adell can hit for the same power as Ward, or better, but wouldn’t be as good of an all-around hitter as Ward’s been lately.
Also, Juan Lagares, who has replaced Trout in center during Trout’s injury, isn’t bad either. The former Gold Glover always plays great defense, and even enjoyed a five-game hitting streak just a week ago.
He’s shown the ability to hit for average and step up at times. He’s not great offensively, but combining his great defense with some nice moments at the plate without Trout in the lineup has been serviceable.
It’s been better than many had expected with Trout out of baseball, so it isn’t evident that the Angels necessarily need Adell to come in immediately and provide depth.
Adell has a bright future in this league, but he still needs to work on his contact, his consistency in having quality at-bats, and his defense. He needs to sure up those areas before the Angels promote him and risk his confidence dipping if he struggles.