Jo Adell

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Jordon Scott Adell

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Jo Adell was selected 10th overall in the 2017 amateur draft, by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was a pure product of Louisville, KY, having been born there, gone to high school there, and had a long-standing commitment to attend the University of Louisville. However, plans changed when he was drafted in the top 10, and it took him little time to come to terms with the Angels. On June 15th, three days after the draft, he signed a contract including a signing bonus of $4.3 million. He was the first player taken in the first round to ink a contract that year.

An outstanding all-around athlete, Adell also pitched in high school, with quite a measure of success, but it was clear that his future lay as a hitter, after he was named the Kentucky high school player of the year as a senior on the strength of a .562 average and 25 home runs - most in the nation. He began his pro career in 2017 with the AZL Angels and also played for the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer League before the end of the year. In 49 combined games, he hit .325/.376/.532 with 11 doubles, 8 triples and 5 homers. In 2018, he began the season with the Burlington Bees in the Midwest League where he hit .326 in his first 25 games to earn a quick promotion to the California League and the Inland Empire 66ers. He was named to the United States team for the 2018 Futures Game, where he started in center field as the team's lead-off hitter. He played the entire game, going 1 for 4, scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 7th, and then driving in an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the 8th. By the end of July, Adell was promoted to AA. He homered, singled and scored three times in his debut to lead the Mobile BayBears over the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, 9-6, on July 31st. Overall, he hit .290/.355/.543 in 99 games between the three stops, with 83 runs, 32 doubles, 20 homers and 77 RBIs. He was named the #1 prospect in the Angels organization by MLB, and #14 overall.

Adell was identified by many as the player to watch in spring training for the Angels in 2019, even if he was targeted to start the year back in AA, but his time in camp ended early with an ankle sprain on top of a hamstring injury putting him on the shelf as of March 9th. Recovery was slated to take from 10 to 12 weeks. He returned to the Futures Game that year, this time as a member of the American League team, as the format had been changed. Adell was ultimately limited to 76 regular-season games during the year, but he did manage to reach AAA for the first time in the process. Jo was then sent to the Arizona Fall League to gain more experience against top-level talent. During his time in the AFL he was selected to the 2019 AFL Fall Stars Game.

Following the 2019 season, Adell was selected to the US's roster for the 2019 WBSC Premier12 Tournament.

Adell's father, Scott, was an offensive lineman for the North Carolina State University football team, and was drafted in the 12th round of the 1992 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. [1] [2] [3]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Maria Guardado: "Angels take high school slugger 10th overall", mlb.com, June 13, 2017. [4]
  • Maria Guardado: "Adell's stock continues to climb: Angels' top prospect turning heads in the Minor Leagues", mlb.com, August 1, 2018. [5]
  • Gabe Lacques: "Jo Adell tearing up minor leagues – and looks destined to play alongside, not replace, Mike Trout", USA Today, June 15, 2018. [6]

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