According to multiple sources, the Los Angeles Angels will be calling up top prospect Jo Adell. The move has not been officially announced by the Angels, as Adell is not yet part of the 40 man roster and will require a little bit of tinkering before he is officially announced.
Adell, the #6 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB.com, has terrorized every level of the minors he has stopped at so far with the exception of AAA. Before his promotion to AAA last year, Adell hit to the tune of a 173 wRC+ with 8 homers and 15 doubles in AA. He found some trouble at AAA, posting only a 67 wRC+ in his brief 27 game stint there, though those numbers would look marginally better had his two home run game not been cancelled due to rain.
Adell figures to make an impact immediately, as Joe Maddon has said often that Adell would not be called up just to platoon or sit the bench. There is some cause for concern with him, as his strikeout and walk numbers could both use a little refining, but the raw power and athleticism Adell possesses has catapulted him up the prospect rankings for years and he figures to make a difference both at the plate and in the field. It’s hard to project numbers in a shortened season, but double digit homers isn’t out of the question for this year and would represent a very encouraging step in his progression to the all star he’s supposed to be.
The Angels are off today, and start a series in Seattle tomorrow, where Adell figures to join Mike Trout as Trout returns from the birth of his first child. The Angels haven’t had much to be excited about in the early going, but a lineup of Trout, Rendon, and Adell could set the precedent for years to come.