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Let’s Meet Jo Adell

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If you have not heard about Jo Adell, you will soon hear his name a lot this upcoming season. As of now, FanGraphs has him projected as the right fielder but what type of impact can he have getting inserted into the lineup.

The Angels drafted Adell 10th overall in the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Ballard high school in Louisville, Kentucky. He is almost 23 years old and has made an impact this spring training as they get ready to gear up for the regular season.

This spring training, he has played ten games with three home runs, seven runs batted in while batting .280. What has made his such a memorable this spring training is the bombs he has hit the past few games which have stirred up some excitement.

With an outfield of Mike Trout and Brandon Marsh, with Tyler Wade, Justin Upton, and Taylor Ward there is some promise for this outfield group both offensively and defensively.

Adell’s Stats and What to Expect

Throughout his minor league career, Adell was a very consistent batter whether it was his average to his power numbers. He really excelled at the higher levels of A ball including Tripe-A and Double-A where he was able to obtain a lot of playing time.

In the two seasons he played in Double-A he played 60 games had 10 home runs, 29 RBIs while batting .288. He also had an on-base percentage of .372, which shows he can get on base through having a good eye at the plate.

When he got moved to Triple-A he was given even more opportunities. Again, he was given two seasons with the Angels affiliate and played 100 games. In those 100 games, he had 23 home runs, 77 RBIs, a batting average of .282, and an on-base percentage of .336.

Last year the Angels’ right fielder was a hole in their lineup. Juan Lagares had the majority of the starts with 112. He had a mediocre stat line of six home runs, 38 RBIs, and a batting average of .236. Taylor Ward also got some playing time with 65 games started. But again, he did not put-up numbers that blew other teams away. He had eight home runs with 33 RBIs and a batting average of .250.

Adell will have the opportunity to blow these two players’ stats out of the water. If he is able to have a season that he did in Triple-A it will give the Angels just another hitter in the lineup that can cause havoc to other team’s pitching staffs.

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