Depending on how one views Austin Beck, it can be argued that Adell is the second or third best prep bat available in this draft.
Jordon Adell, 18 y/o | 6’2” | 195 | OF | HS Senior
Ballard HS, Louisville, KY
Season Stats (OF): 92 AB, .554/.656/1.434, 2.091 OPS, 24 HR, 9 2b, 9 K, 32 BB, 18 SB
Adell may not be the most polished product, but he makes up for that with an incredible set of tools. Drawing comparisons to Justin Upton, Adell has an MLB-ready body, above average speed, and a plus arm. An above average fielder, Adell’s biggest asset is his crazy raw power and his elite bat speed which helps him create hard contact when he does connect.
Though there have been major concerns regarding the swing-and-miss against breaking balls, Adell has hit nearly three times as many home runs as strikeouts this season, leading some to believe those concerns are overblown. Others cite Adell’s ability to make adjustments as tangible signs that he will be able to adapt to tougher pitches as a professional.
Either way, Adell is a 4-tool player right now and even if he doesn’t make consistent contact, his combination of tools makes him at the bare minimum, an average MLB outfielder. He is far away from the big leagues, but Adell has all the makings of a star should he continue to adjust and make good contact.
Scouting grades, per MLB Pipeline
Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 65 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 50
In the below clip, Adell flashes his power to all fields.
Here’s another one from Fangraphs.
Chance of being there at 10th overall?
High. Most mock drafts have Adell drafted in the 9-12 range, so it would depend on whether Milwaukee (who pick at #9) pounce on the toolsy outfielder. Word is the Angels are heavily in on athletes and that they have scouted Adell heavily.