It is a familiar refrain for the Los Angeles Angels.
Jo Adell has performed well in Triple-A before. He has hammered the ball during his time in the Pacific Coast League, helping lead to his previous stature as one of the top prospects in the game. The problem is that Adell has been unable to continue that momentum in the majors, posting a .215/.260/.356 batting line with 15 homers in his 556 plate appearances over parts of three seasons.
An actual breakout for Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels?
Maybe this time will be different. Adell is once again crushing the ball in Triple-A, although in a different way. He has gone on an impressive power surge for the Salt Lake Bees, hitting seven homers in his last six games. Adell has 11 total extra base hits, with four doubles in addition to those homers, in just 42 plate appearances. He is also just 24 years old, an age where even some top prospects have yet to make their major league debuts.
The problem is that Adell is now blocked at the major league level. Taylor Ward, Mike Trout, and Hunter Renfroe are locked in to their starting roles. Brett Phillips has the backup outfielder spot. Shohei Ohtani is entrenched as the designated hitter. There just is not any room for him currently.
But that can change. If Adell continues to crush the ball with the Bees, he can force the Angels’ hand. If nothing else, a team may be willing to take a chance on the former top prospect in a trade. Adell could still be a factor in the Angels’ future, even if it is because of who he brings in.
Jo Adell is crushing the ball in Triple-A once again. Maybe this time, his breakout will continue in the majors for the Los Angeles Angels.