MLBbro Jo Adell Shines In Los Angeles Angels Return From Minors

MLBbro Jo Adell Shines In Los Angeles Angels Return From Minors

When the Los Angeles Angels sent our MLBbro Jo Adell down to the minors, the franchise had abandoned their four man outfield rotation that included Adell, Mike Trout, Brandon Marsh and Taylor Ward. At that time, the Angels weren’t in disarray and there was hope that the franchise was going in the right direction. With Adell out of the rotation at that time, the team wanted him to get every day reps in the minors so he wouldn’t lose his rhythm at the plate.

“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 the regular reps will be important.”

But the story here is how a MLBbro faced adversity and took the challenge to get better when he could have gone another route and demanded a trade. His thoughts on the situation via The Orange City Register when he was demoted showed his character.

“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.”

Since the month of July started, this two month experiment has worked to near perfection.

 

 

This hit here was in Adell’s last game in the minors before being called back up the the big club with Mike Trout missing games with a back injury. His opportunity to play in right field will give the Angels fans an opportunity to see his growth in the field as well after struggling at times earlier this season.

But our MLBbro has been on fire since returning to the big leagues at the plate. His first five games had him hitting .471 with 8 hits, knocking in two RBI while scoring a run. His current six game hitting streak has improved his slashes from .231/.242/.431 to his current levels of .258/.283/.416.

Adell now has a big opportunity to show that he can show the consistency to stick on the Angels roster now that the team has lost 14 of their last 20 games. The book on our MLBbro is his shining play in the minors before struggling in the majors.

Adell’s first call up back in 2020 produced a hitting slash of .161/.212/.266.
After being optioned to Triple-A at the start of 2021 he hit .246/.295/.408.
His last Triple A performance netted him a hitting slash of .239/.333/.587.

 

Despite the inconsistency shown, Jo Adell has unlimited potential which was analyzed by Al Leiter on the MLB Network.

 

 

Something Adell believes can help the Angels even though they are struggling at this point and time via The Athletic.

“Obviously I want to be in the big leagues. I want to play, to help the team. … What we’re doing right here, my goal is to help these guys win and continue to improve.

“ I obviously want to be there. That’s the goal, the end goal. So I’ll continue to do what I need to do to make sure that happens.”

Our MLBbro is committed to the Angels organization but the plans of the team are up in the air with the trade deadline coming up in a few weeks. Something Adell is trying to keep out of his mind during this current hot streak.

“I think the reality of it is, there’s a spot in this game everywhere for guys that can play and do it at the level that we do it,” Adell said. “Hopefully it is with this team. I want it to be, obviously. But you never know, you can’t read into the future.”

Even though it’s been peaks and valleys for this MLBbro who was once considered one of the top prospects in the game to build a solid foundation in his early years…

 

Jo Adell’s Slow Start Is Boosted By Promising Analytics

 

But if he continues to work on his swing that leaves him vulnerable to high speed fastballs and strikeouts, Jo Adell will be one of the few Angels bright spots to finish the season.

Trade These Bros | Quality MLBbros Could Be Moved To A Playoff Contender

Trade These Bros | Quality MLBbros Could Be Moved To A Playoff Contender

As we creep closer to the MLB Trade Deadline talks around the sport have been quiet as around 80% of teams are in contention for a playoff spot.  However, here are a few MLBbros flying under the radar that could be moved and make an impact in the postseason race.

1. Michael A. Taylor

Michael A. Taylor made one of this season’s top plays when he robbed a home run against the Cardinals back in May.  

 

 

That was the beginning of his campaign to earn the first Gold Glove award of his career, and he has continued to build on that with four outfield assists and a 0.9 defensive WAR which ranks fourth among American League center fielders.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers are two teams that should be in on Taylor.

Taylor, who is batting .271 with 23 RBI and five home runs, fills a major whole for a Phillies team that has gone years without having a solid outfield backing up an always suspect bullpen.

They signed two home run hitting sluggers over the offseason, which helps them get off fireworks but not so much when it comes to plays needing to be made with the game on the line in a tough National East division where every game will matter at the end.

 

Michael A. Taylor Returns From COVID Doing Damage On The Diamond

 

The Texas Rangers, who are 4-16 in one run games entering Thursday are another team that could use Michael Taylor on both defense and for his right-handed bat.

After bringing in a half a billion-dollar infield including 2021 MLBbro.com Player of the Year Marcus Semien, they told the baseball world they are ready to make the push towards being contenders.

Taylor knows what it takes to get the job during “Money Time” in the fall. He won the 2019 World Series with the Washington Nationals and hit a home run in his first ever World Series at-bat. Having Taylor covering ground in Arlington would instantly make the Rangers one of the best defensive outfield groups, especially when it comes to throwing the baseball in the Majors.

 

2. Jo Adell

The relationship between Jo Adell and the Angels needs to end so Adell can become his best self.

 

 

Before the season the organization made it known they wanted to see Jo Adell get a full year of time in the Majors, but that hasn’t been the case with him already being sent to Triple-A twice, including the last time on June 11th when he was 6-for-12 with two doubles, two walks and two runs driven in the four games before his demotion.

He has since been on fire while in Salt Lake, including hitting a homer on the Fourth of July to cap off a strong weekend at the plate.

The Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants should each make a push for Adell.

The Angels are seven games out of the final Wild Card spot so it is not clear whether they will be buyers or sellers.  If they do not see a future with Adell, they could try to sell him off while playing some of his best baseball in order to get his greatest value.

The O’s are one of the most fun young teams in baseball and even with their newly raised left field wall I think the situation could bring a spark to Adell while in a lineup where the rest of the guys are still wanting to find themselves.

Both the Mariners and Giants have underperformed this season particularly in their outfields and from the right side of the plate. The Giants, who have found success using the platoon system the past few seasons, would be a perfect fit.

 

3. Mycal Givens

Bullpens are where baseball games are ultimately won and lost so whenever a solid reliever is on the market, EVERY team in the Majors should make a call.

 

 

Mycal Givens of the Chicago Cubs has not given up a run in his last seven games.  Over that span he has 10 strikeouts in nine innings and only issued two walks.

His record on the season sits at an unblemished 4-0 with a 3.34 ERA. The fact that this MLBbro’s Cubs are 10 games behind in the National Central and looking to rebuild is no fault of this rising star. Givens could find himself pitching in crucial innings come September and July.

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.