The Angels will select the contract of their top prospect, outfielder Jo Adell, prior to Tuesday’s matchup with the Mariners. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman was the first to report the news, which The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya confirmed Monday.
The Angels are calling up Jo Adell, source confirms to The Athletic. @JonHeyman was on it.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 3, 2020
Adell, 21, is rated as the Angels’ top prospect and the No. 6 prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 draft has risen steadily through the minors, and while he’s had somewhat of an up-and-down minor-league career — he’s dealt with injuries in both of his full seasons and posted a disappointing .264/.321/.355 slash line over 27 Triple-A games last season — but he’s consistently showcased impressive defensive skills, plus speed (despite a relative lack of base-stealing production), and solid power potential.
With the Angels having played 10 games, they’re well past the six-day threshold for preventing Adell from accruing a full year of major-league service time. The fact that they’ve struggled to a 3-7 record thus far likely gave them extra incentive to call up their top prospect and hope he could inject some life into their lineup. While the injury issues Shohei Ohtani is currently dealing with could free up some extra plate appearances either way, Adell appears most likely to bump Brian Goodwin from the Angels’ lineup right off the bat.