LA Angels: Jo Adell gives the Halos eye-popping upside in the outfield
By Evan Desai
The LA Angels have brought Jo Adell up to the big leagues, while optioning Kean Wong and Matt Thaiss.
It was time. After Jo Adell struggled with strikeouts and defense last year when he was in the bigs, he needed time to develop in Triple-A. Well, he’s really been turning the corner in the Minors this year, and this is his time.
In 73 games, Adell recorded 23 home runs this year in Triple-A Salt Lake. With Mike Trout’s return date looking incredibly unclear, it’s a good time to see what the Halos have in Adell these days.
Jo Adell brings ridiculous upside to the LA Angels outfield.
Every LA Angels fan knows about Jo Adell’s power, but they also know about his strikeouts.
Unfortunately, he did still strike out 26 times in July. He had struck out 70 total times in the two months prior, however, so he’s been making contact much more frequently lately.
That, along with him now hitting for a high average, signaled that it’s time to bring him up.
He hit .343 in July. He went from hitting .235 in May, to .288 in June, to that .343 in July. Adell isn’t just a high-profile prospect, but a future star who’s made massive strides in his game in Salt Lake this year.
Imagine an outfield of Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Brandon Marsh, Adam Eaton, and now adding Jo Adell. The potential of that outfield would be insane regardless as to which two would have to take an off day. Adell isn’t just hitting for power, but has been quite an all-around hitter lately.
His on-base percentage was almost .400 with the Bees this year. He just needed to show that he could shorten up and make contact along with the homers. He did that, and earned himself this trip to the big leagues.