Adell promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake

Angels send No. 4 overall prospect to Pacific Coast League

Jo Adell produced an .890 OPS over 60 games at Double-A Mobile dating back to last season. (Brian McLeod/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | August 1, 2019 4:10 PM

It's been a dream of many Angels fans to see Jo Adell man the same outfield as Mike Trout one day. That dream is one step closer to reality.

The Angels promoted MLB.com's No. 4 overall prospect from Double-A Mobile to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday, according to multiple reports and later confirmed by the Bees. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register first had the news of Adell's impending reassignment.

Adell hit .308/.390/.553 with eight home runs and six stolen bases over 43 games with Double-A Mobile this season.

His 2019 campaign was delayed when he suffered both a hamstring strain and an ankle sprain running the bases in a Spring Training game on March 9. He didn't return to the Minors until May 24, when he began a six-game rehab stint with Class A Advanced Inland Empire. His first game with the BayBears came on June 3, and he's looked every bit the impressive prospect since. His final hit and at-bat with Mobile was a pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning of Wednesday's 6-3 loss to Mississippi.

Video: BayBears' Adell smashes solo tater

The 20-year-old outfielder was taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 Draft and has grown into one of the game's best prospects in just two years. His run tool is perhaps his strongest, earning a 65 grade from MLB.com, while his power, arm and fielding tools are also considered plus. His overall hit tool might be his weakest, yet even that is considered a 55 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Adell is a career .303/.367/.543 hitter in the Minors. He has played all three outfield spots in 2019 but has mostly split time between center and right field. 

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Adell (born April 8, 1999) becomes the Triple-A Pacific Coast League's youngest active position player, taking over from Dodgers No. 3 prospect Keibert Ruiz (July 20, 1998). He also joins a Bees roster that includes No. 11 Angels prospect Patrick Sandoval, No. 24 Jared Walsh and No. 28 Michael Hermosillo.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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