Jo Adell | OF
Adell, 18, attends Ballard High School in Louisville, and this spring he led the country with 25 home runs. He did struggle against other elite high school prospects on the showcase circuit last summer. Adell is committed to Louisville.
At 6-for-2 and 195 lbs., Adell has some of the best athleticism and loudest tools in the draft class. He’s a right-handed hitter and thrower with top of the line bat speed and power potential. The problem is his tendency to swing and miss, even against high school pitching. Will he make enough contact to tap into that power potential at the next level? That’s the question. Adell is a very good runner with a strong arm, both of which serve him well in center field. It’s worth noting he is also a decent pitching prospect with mid-90s gas and a good curveball, but just about everyone agrees he has more potential as a position player. Adell has 30-30 upside if things break right.
The various scouting publications are pretty split on Adell. Baseball America ranks him as the seventh best prospect in the draft class. Keith Law (subs. req’d), meanwhile, ranks him 50th. MLB.com kinda splits the middle and ranks him 21st. The Yankees hold the 16th overall pick. The Yankees love their high upside up-the-middle athletes as much as anyone, though they usually save those long shot picks for the later rounds and go after more polished players in the first round.