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2022 Dust Devil to 2023 LA Angel

I am beyond excited to discuss the newly promoted Angels OF Jordyn Adams. I was lucky to watch a lot of Adams during the first half of the 2022 season before he was promoted to AA Rocket City on June 29th, 2022.

Adams was the 17th overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft before the Angels started going heavy into pitchers, that are now all traded. That's a different piece. Adams ranked in the top-100 prospects Pre-2019 (99), Pre-2020 (72) and again Pre-2021(76).

Adams had made it to the High-A Inland Empire in 2019 with the Angels before the realignment and non-existent 2020 COVID season. He picked up where he left off in 2021 with the High-A Tri-City Dust Devils and played in 71G with 5HR, 27RBI, and a slash line of .217/.290/.311. Adams then began the 2022 season with the Dust Devils and played in 58G as he started tapping into his potential.

Fun fact, before we talk about more stats with Adams that got him to the MLB, he was UNC committed to play WR for their football team and was a 5-star recruit and #9 overall WR prospect in the nation. Ultimately the first-round signing bonus and a chance to play pro baseball over three years of college football was the choice.

In his 58G at Tri-City he posted 0HR, 22RBI, 18SB, 21BB-54K with a slash of .228/.308/.306 in 249PA. However, the glove work in the minors was and is Adams's truest calling card. With the Dust Devils in 408IP in CF posted a .989FLD% committing only 1E. Adams passes the eye test and plays the OF at an extremely high level.

The promotion to AA is where Adams truly took off last year and excelled against the harder competition. In 62G, he had 4HR, 20RBI, 15SB, 21BB-7-K, and posted a.249/.326/.359, this was only the start of what was to come for Adams. Adams started the season in AAA Salt Lake City with the Bees and, in 89G, looked like a 1st round pick ready for the MLB. In 386PA, he had 13HR, 60RBI, 37SB, 44BB-107K, all good for a.267/—351/: 466 slashes and an OPS of .816. Adams has played across a 3 OF position with the Bees, posting a career-worst 10E and a .944FLD%. However, the PCL is incredibly hitter-friendly, and I wouldn't worry about the slight drop in glovework.

My take on Adams? A glove-first OF that has the first-round potential and draft capital to be given a legit shot at an everyday corner OF spot IF injury was to happen to newly acquired Randal Grichuck or trade-deadline holder overs Mickey Moniak and Hunter Renfroe. I hope the 4th OF role fits Adams as Mike Trout works his way back in the next few weeks. It will be a brief audition, if nothing else.

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