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The Angels optioned OF prospect Jo Adell to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Adell was always expected to begin the season in the minors after he was overmatched at the big league level in 2020. It wound up being a productive Spring as Adell posted a 1.072 OPS with two homers and a stolen base in 25 plate appearances. He also had a 6:6 BB:K ratio. He'll likely be worth adding in fantasy once he returns to the majors.
Jo Adell is listed as day-to-day with a knee contusion after colliding with the wall when trying to make a catch on Saturday. Adell will continue to work out in Angels camp on Sunday.
Adell's injury does not seem to be serious and shouldn't impact his fantasy value. Adell was one of the most highly touted prospects in baseball entering the 2020 season, but struggled after he was called up to the big leagues. Adell will likely start the year in the minors, but it's possible he could get another shot with the Angels in 2021. Adell is still only 21, boasts elite speed, and hits the ball hard when he connects. He's still an intriguing fantasy prospect, despite struggling last season.
Angels manager Joe Maddon says OF Jo Adell "needs more time in the minor leagues, no question."
Adell's first taste of big league action didn't go as planned in 2020. The 21-year-old hit just .161 with three homers and a .478 OPS in 38 games. He appeared wildly overmatched at times, but it's important to remember how much the pandemic affected minor league players and rookies this season. Adell's future is still bright and fantasy players in dynasty leagues might want to try and buy low on him this offseason.
Angels highly-touted prospect Jo Adell went 0-for-4 for the second consecutive game on Wednesday. Adell is 0-for-12 over the past three games, dropping his season AVG down to .173 accompanied by a .521 OPS.
To put the 21-year-old outfielder's season into perspective, among qualified hitters with enough at-bats, Adalberto Mondesi currently owns the worst OPS in the majors this season at .522. While his future remains bright, It's been an incredibly rough rookie campaign for Adell.
Jo Adell delivered a walk-off two-run single as the Angels beat the Astros 7-6 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Adell also launched a solo homer in the game, which was his third of the season. It's arguably the most impressive night of the young outfielder's big league career. The 21-year-old is hitting just .180 with a .543 OPS through 25 games, but he still possesses a world of talent. Fantasy owners in dynasty leagues should remain patient.