It looks like Jo Adell has found his groove in the Pacific Coast League.The top Angels prospect doubled, singled twice and scored twice in his third straight three-hit game, but Triple-A Salt Lake was outslugged by El Paso, 12-5, on Wednesday night at Southwest University Park.
It looks like Jo Adell has found his groove in the Pacific Coast League.
The top Angels prospect doubled, singled twice and scored twice in his third straight three-hit game, but Triple-A Salt Lake was outslugged by El Paso, 12-5, on Wednesday night at Southwest University Park.
Adell led off the game with a base hit, lining a 1-2 offering from left-hander Jerry Keel (10-7) into center field. MLB.com's No. 4 overall prospect came around to score when 22nd-ranked Angels prospect Jared Walsh ripped a double down the right field line, giving Salt Lake a 1-0 lead.
With two outs in the second, the 20-year-old outfielder smacked Keel's 1-1 pitch into right-center field for his 10th double in 23 games with the Bees. Adell scored again when Walsh singled to right on a ball that deflected off the glove of second baseman Peter Van Gansen.
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After flying to left in the fourth, Adell collected his third knock in the seventh. The 2017 first-round pick legged out a single that skipped off third baseman Jason Vosler. He bounced into an inning-ending fielder's choice in the eighth.
Since Aug. 18, Adell has elevated his batting average 61 points to .276, turning in four three-hit games during that span to bring his total for the season to eight.
"It's been me missing pitches that I want to do damage with," he told Yahoo! Sports last week. "It's been an adjustment for me to kind of understand what [opposing pitchers] are going to try to do to me, and attack and not try to beat myself."
The Louisville high school product compiled a .308/.390/.944 slash line with eight homers, 23 RBIs and six stolen bases in 43 games for Double-A Mobile, earning a promotion to the Minor Leagues' highest level on Aug. 1. Before Wednesday's game, Adell -- the youngest active player in the PCL -- was the premier prospect named to the Mesa squad in his first trip to the Arizona Fall League.
"I think [Angels general manager] Billy [Eppler] and the team, front office, have put a challenge on me," Adell told Yahoo! Sports. "Every time I've shown that I'm comfortable and I can handle a lot more, I've moved."
Walsh, who had two hits and two RBIs, ranks second in the league with a .680 slugging percentage and 1.106 OPS, fourth with a .426 on-base percentage and sixth with a .325 average.
Michael Gettys broke Hunter Renfroe's 2016 El Paso record with his 31st homer, a three-run shot. Rodrigo Orozco, Travis Jankowski and Aderlin Rodriguez -- the top three hitters in the Chihuahuas lineup -- had three hits apiece, with Orozco scoring three times.
Dan Stokes is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ByDanStokes.