MLBbro Jo Adell Sent To Triple-A Salt Lake | Will It Be A Short Stay?

MLBbro Jo Adell Sent To Triple-A Salt Lake | Will It Be A Short Stay?

It turned out to be a tough week for our MLBbro. Jo Adell was sent down by the Los Angeles Angels to their Triple-A affiliate on Tuesday. Infielder Jose Rojas will take Adell’s roster spot.

The move is considered a mild surprise considering Adell’s 2022 spring training performance was so impressive that the Angels designated Justin Upton to the minors in April. After Upton’s departure, the plan was to have a four-man outfield rotation with Taylor Ward, Brandon Marsh and Adell surrounding Mike Trout in center field.

 

 

Adell’s demotion wasn’t about his slow start as much as the outstanding starts of Marsh, and Ward, who just collected an A.L. Player of the Week award. Their production phased out Jo’s opportunity to play. 

Our MLBbro obviously was upset, but said he understands that this is the nature of the business via The Orange County Register. 

“This is a really strong team and these guys are great,” Adell said. “These players out here are unbelievable. And we formed something that’s been a really, really strong unit. And it’s been tough to weave my way into the lineup with the level of play that these guys have right now. …

“Joe [Maddon] mentioned in the meeting that playing every third or second day or fourth day or whatever has been kind of tough. Hopefully, me getting back on my rhythm and getting in there every day and kind of just developing more of a routine would probably help me out a little bit more.”

Before being designated, Adell slashed .231/.242/.431 (.673 OPS) with three homers at the plate in 19 games. While those numbers aren’t considered bust-worthy, his 24 strikeouts with only one walk in 66 plate appearances will be a point of emphasis in Salt Lake.

But according to the Angels front office, this move is all about Adell.  The Angels want him to keep his rhythm by playing every day in Triple A and not being buried on the bench with the big club.

“Wardy has been great, Marsh has played really well and center field is taken by a pretty good player too,” General Manager Perry Minasian said. “I think for him and his development, just to get regular at-bats, regular defensive reps will help him. He’s come a long way. He’s made a lot of strides. I’m very optimistic at some point this year he’s going to help us win some games. He already has, but I think just the regular reps will be important.

It is clear at this point that the Los Angeles Angels haven’t given up on Adell — and they shouldn’t. The 10th overall pick in the 2017 Draft has only played 92 games over three seasons including the pandemic season in 2020. Why give up on a guy that just turned 23 the day after the season opened?

 

 

The most important part of this designation assignment is that both parties are onboard with the future plans of this MLBbro in the minors. Adell will use this as an opportunity to get better according to Sports Illustrated.

“I’m not thrilled about it,” he said. “I mean, I’m not going to throw a parade about getting sent down, but I’m gonna try my best to get back. … I’m not going to hang my head low. I’ve got enough confidence in my game and what I’m capable of to know at some point, my time is gonna come where I’m going to be able to be out here very day and help these guys. And so hopefully I can get back and get myself where the standards are for this club and these guys and be able to come back and help.”

If Adell and his coaches can combine improvement of his offensive and defensive tendencies with his natural abilities — power, speed and arm strength, this MLBbro will be one of the comeback stories of the postseason. 

Can Mookie Get His Sauce Back & Lead LA Dodgers Big Four MVPs To Another World Series?

Can Mookie Get His Sauce Back & Lead LA Dodgers Big Four MVPs To Another World Series?

Great expectations are nothing new for superstar right fielder Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Since 2013, no franchise in baseball has won like the Dodgers. The team that occupies Chavez Ravine has won 820 games since 2013 – snatching 8 straight NL West crowns – before the archrival Giants 107-win explosion last season. At just 29 years old, Mookie is halfway to solidifying himself as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Betts has already won two World Series titles, an MVP Award, five Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards and a batting title.

A nagging hip injury made 2021 a frustrating year for Betts – although many big leaguers would take a “frustrating” year that consists of 23 bombs, an .854 OPS, and an All-Star nod.

For Mookie, this was the definition of a down year. He started off with a bang, securing an appearance in the Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 video game trailer.

Things were rocky from there, as a season-long injury limited him to just 122 games and less than 500 at-bats, his lowest since his rookie year. And despite their decade of dominance, the Dodgers only World Series came during the COVID-shortened 2020 season – Betts’ first year with the squad.

How does an ownership group with an unlimited checkbook that spends money like the OG Steinbrenner fix this problem?

You add another MVP. 

After seeing shortstop Corey Seager sign with the Texas Rangers, the Dodgers decided to sign the best left-handed bat on the market in 2021 World Series MVP and 2020 NL MVP (& SoCal’s native) Freddie Freeman. Freeman now joins Betts and Cody Bellinger in what could be the most dangerous lineup in baseball – especially if Bellinger can get through his recent struggles.

Add the return of Cy Young pitcher Clayton Kershaw to that nucleus. Now, Los Angeles has a potential juggernaut, complete with FOUR former league MVPs.

Even with a loaded roster that includes other All-Star caliber players, the Dodgers understand that it all starts with leadoff man Mookie. The Dodgers will host this year’s All-Star game, but with a roster carrying four League MVPs, anchored by Mookie Betts, every night in the city of angels could feel like a midsummer classic. 

Talking MLB Playoffs With #MLBbro Ellis Burks

Talking MLB Playoffs With #MLBbro Ellis Burks

#MLBbro Ellis Burks had a stellar 18-year MLB career in which he swatted 352 homers and had a career batting average of .291.

He also knows a thing or two about rivalries having played for the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. Burks joins Mark Gray on “The Pushback” to talk 2021 MLB Playoffs.

 

Josh Bell Back In The Burgh With A Bang

Josh Bell Back In The Burgh With A Bang

After playing 552 games as a member of the Pirates, Josh Bell made his return to the Burgh over the weekend and highlighted it with a moonshot home run.

Josh Bell was back in the Steel City where his Major League career began back in 2016 and Bucco Nation made sure to show him plenty of love.

They greeted the Nationals first baseman with a standing ovation before his first PNC Park at bat as a member of the road team.

Bell hit 86 home runs and drove in 309 runs during his five years with the Pirates, and in the sixth inning of Friday night’s game he proved his comfort in the Pittsburgh batters box by hitting a solo home run to extend Washington’s lead to 3-1.

However that lead would not stand up for long: Pirates MLBbro Anthony Alford answered Bell’s bomb with a homer of his own to cut the deficit to one, then later on in the game, their young phenom Ke’Bryan Hayes sent folks home happy with the first walk off hit of his career.

During the weekend series Bell was 3-for-9 with five walks, two runs and that home run as his Nationals could only salvage one win out of the three games.

Bell finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2017 and was named as an All-Star for the Pirates in 2019.  That year he hit .277 with career highs in home runs, average, OPS, slugging percentage, hits, doubles and runs.

That year was also Bell’s second time homering 25 or more times for the Pirates, and with him already passing that mark this season, he became just the second player in Major League history to hit 25 home runs for the Nationals/ Montreal Expos and the Pirates joining former first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Bell is one of the few pieces that stayed in Washington after their fire sale during the trade deadline.  His year started off slow as he only hit .113 for the month of April and has been fighting to rise the average ever since.

“I feel good as of late,” said Bell to reporters before Friday night’s game.  “I had a really rough start that I had to work my way out of.  Thank God it wasn’t a 60-game season again.  I kind of turned things around.”

He signed a one-year deal with the Nationals this offseason and is now batting .253 with 26 home runs, a .813 OPS and 81 RBI.

He has definitely earned himself  a payday after this season whether he gets it in D.C. or with a new franchise.

Bell is now chasing the 30-homer mark during this final month of the season.  Showing those numbers during contract negotiations can only help his cause.

This week he and his Nationals will take on the “Bahamian Blur” Jazz Chisholm Jr. and the Miami Marlins.