Angels call up top prospect Jo Adell

Jon Heyman had this first:

This is the big moment Angels fans have been waiting for as Adell, who was drafted 10th overall in 2017 finally gets the call to The Show. MLB.com had Adell ranked the 6th overall prospect for the 2020 season.

FG’s Eric Longenhagen had the following to say regarding the Angels’ top prospect:

The baseball-loving world held its collective breath last year when Adell went down with two freak leg injuries on the same spring training play (while going from first to third, he strained his left hamstring, then sprained his right ankle trying to stop himself when he felt the pull) and was shelved for a couple of months. While his gait appeared compromised during Extended spring rehab outings, Adell was asymptomatic throughout the summer and during the Arizona Fall League. After a brief jaunt in the Cal League, the Angels sent him to Double-A Mobile, where he’d had a strikeout-laden cup of coffee the year before. He adjusted, cut the strikeout rate down to a very livable 22%, and hit .308/.390/.553 over two months before he was sent to Triple-A in August. Again, Adell struck out a lot when he was challenged, and there are people in baseball who worry about how often he K’s, but he was just 20 years old and has had success amid many swing changes since he signed, a common theme among Angels prospects.

Adell’s leg kick has been altered; he now raises it even with his waist at apex, and the height at which his hands load (as well as the angle of his bat when they do) was quite nomadic throughout last year. By the time Adell was done with Fall League and had joined Team USA’s Premier12 Olympic qualifying efforts, he had a Gary Sheffield-style bat wrap. Adell is one of the best athletes in the minors (there’s video of him box jumping 66 inches online) and the fact that’s he’s been able to manifest these adjustments on the field at will is incredible. Even if something mechanical isn’t working in the future, chances are he’ll be able to fix it. I’ve settled on projecting Adell in left field. The arm strength he showed as an amateur, when he was into the mid-90s as a pitcher, never totally returned after it mysteriously evaporated during his senior year of high school. He has a 40 arm and is such a hulking dude that he’s just going to be a corner defender at maturity. Strikeouts may limit Adell’s productivity when he’s initially brought up, but I think eventually he’ll be a middle-of-the-order force who hits 35-plus homers.

Adell is one of the best athletes in the minors (there’s video of him box jumping 66 inches online) and the fact that’s he’s been able to manifest these adjustments on the field at will is incredible. Even if something mechanical isn’t working in the future, chances are he’ll be able to fix it. […] Strikeouts may limit Adell’s productivity when he’s initially brought up, but I think eventually he’ll be a middle-of-the-order force who hits 35-plus homers.

21 year old Adell will likely debut tomorrow night in Seattle. If he starts, he will be facing right hander Justin Dunn who was a first round pick in 2016.

The Jo Adell era has begun. Imagine an outfield that includes Adell and Trout. It’s happening!!

(photo: https://twitter.com/SotoSportsPhoto)

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VictoriousVIC
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3 years ago

Finally the Jo Adell era begins! Hopefully this brings that boost that Trout did back in 2012. Although our bullpen is horrendous and going to be the Achilles heal for us this season, I’m hoping Adell just rallies the troops and we someway, somehow make it to that 8th spot in the playoffs and finally get trout in the spotlight.

eyespy
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3 years ago

Pinch hits, defensive replacement for Goodwin, gets sent down after Seattle.

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H.T. Ennis
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3 years ago

The first Angel younger than I am. We have finally made it.

DowningDude
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3 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

You can tell Jo to get off your lawn

Rev Halofan
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3 years ago

Nice to have lived long enough to see this happening.

IT IS HAPPENING!

jcstein
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3 years ago

So who is the odd man out? Walsh?

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago
Reply to  jcstein

Ohtani will be held out to rest, so the lL for him.

JackFrost
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3 years ago
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Yes. Trout is also coming back so Walsh will go down along with Hermosillo.

John Henry Weitzel
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3 years ago

YES GOOD NEWS FOR ONCE!
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Chase Kimura
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3 years ago

I’m actually anticipating early struggles and keeping expectations low at first, but this is, for sure, still super exciting. The Angels need an infusion of young talent and hopefully Marsh, Detmers, Rodriguez, Yan, and Soriano (next year since he had TJ surgery) are next.

HalosFanForLife
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3 years ago

Justin, I’m going to have you sit this one out.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago

Ahhh, the red comment circle jumps to new comments!

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Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
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It’s so nice to have gifs back!

And Jodie is just wonderful, one of those gifs you can hear 😀

Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago

it kind of bugs me that because of “service time” we missed out on Adell until now. Could we have won an extra game or two with him? Anyway, we’ll see if he starts and we’ll see if he does well. I’m not going to worry if he struggles because we’e 3-7 and practically eliminated already[1].

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  1. not really
losangel
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3 years ago

I’ll take the extra 162 games we get at the MLB minimum in his prime over a couple of games as a rookie. I might feel differently if he could pitch.

Turk's Teeth
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3 years ago

Yeah, expect struggles. I doubt an extra bat (a rookie one with K tendencies, esp. when he advances to a new level) would have insulated the team against that 9th inning blowpen.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago

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Bout damn time.

John Henry Weitzel
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3 years ago
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Calm? How can we be calm?!

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Designerguy
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3 years ago

Dude, we’re getting Adell!

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
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We made Fletch happen, and now we’ve made Adell happen!

Rahul Setty
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3 years ago
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Next, we make the playoffs happen.

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3 years ago
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losangel
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3 years ago
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Off topic, was really nice of you DG to create this video for Alex, but what’s with the pants?

https://twitter.com/Alex_Curry/status/1290128104317304837

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">During quarantine I wrote a poem called <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StuckInsideWithYou?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StuckInsideWithYou</a> &amp; sent a photo of it to my hubs. 2 weeks later he surprised me on my birthday by turning my poem into a song! <br>BEST. GIFT. EVER. <br>I’ve listened to it a million times...I’ve cried, I’ve laughed &amp; now I’m sharing with you! <a href="https://t.co/hOFqlKKWcY">pic.twitter.com/hOFqlKKWcY</a></p>&mdash; Alex Curry (@Alex_Curry) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alex_Curry/status/1290128104317304837?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 3, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
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You wanna talk about couple goals? Because…

losangel
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3 years ago
Reply to  losangel

Ugh, apologies on screwing up the link to twitter.

Designerguy
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3 years ago
Reply to  losangel

I had just stepped in the house after running to the store. Even though Ralph’s in Manhattan Beach has a sign that says “No Shirt No Shoes No Service”, they claim it also includes pants. Jerks.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
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Expecting you to wear a mask AND pants is just absolutely unreasonable.

Designerguy
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3 years ago
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I good with the mask. The pants are completely unjustified.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
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Pants are so much harder to breathe through!

Designerguy
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3 years ago
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The struggle is real.

They call it art when a famous painter creates the Birth of Venus, which focuses on a naked woman emerging from the water while riding on a shell. I do it, I’m told I’m drunk and I’m banned from the beach. 

aces666high
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3 years ago
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While working near the 4th st. bridge by downtown LA, a homeless guy wandered over yelling about the devil. He was completely naked other than a pair of boots and a mask.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
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A picture of this dude would be a great PSA to anti-maskers.

“Even this guy gets it” haha

JackFrost
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3 years ago
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Clearly suffering from schizophrenia.

Rahul Setty
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3 years ago

Yay, Jo Adell time!! He is going to be incredibly good for us.

Like party, everyone get in here!

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Fansince1971
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3 years ago

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DowningDude
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3 years ago

Yay! Tempering my excitement so as to not be buttercupped.

ryanfea
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3 years ago

Our last super prospect outfielder worked out pretty well! Let’s go!

ihearhowie3.0
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3 years ago

Woohoo! Hoping he gets to play pretty much everyday and not just fill a Taylor Ward role of 3 times a week.

Fingers crossed he’s not arriving because Ohtani is departing.