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Written by Mark Nikolov Photo by Baseball America
The Los Angeles Angels farm system is currently looking very strong. Former first round Draft pick Jordon Adell, in particular, has been absolute beast in the California League. Adell is currently ranked number 11 on the Baseball America LIVE Top 100 Prospect list. He’s proved to be a true five tool talent in the Cal League, batting .290 with 12 homeruns and nine stolen bases in only 238 plate appearances. Not too bad for a teenager in pro ball.
Adell recently got the call to Mobile, Alabama to test his skills for the AA BayBears. In his first performance he did not disappoint. He went 2-for-4 with a bomb and three runs. Some may have thought that moving Adell up to Double A was an aggressive move considering his young age (19). Adell, however, is not your average 19 year old. He has a reputation for being a player with integrity and high moral character. Apparently this is something that the Angels look for when they draft.
As far as graphing (autograph seeking) goes, don’t think you can take advantage of him because he’s a good guy. He will often times personalize and loop your name in together with his, making it difficult to resell an item. Last I heard he was in between one per and two per autographs a person. Often times he will not sign at all. Baseball is a business first for these guys and they realize that the more they sign the less value their signature has.
Back when Adell was in high school I sent him two cards via TTM (through the mail) and he gave me two nice signatures in return. I’m very grateful to him for that. I sent the cards to BAS (Beckett Authentication Services) and they came back clean. I suspect that Jo will not be signing TTM anymore, especially with all the fame and popularity that seems to be coming his way.
Look for continued coverage of the Angels farm system in the coming weeks. The Halos have a lot of young talented players right now that could eventually form the nucleus of a World Series team #TeamAdell.