Angels draft speedy high school outfielder Jordyn Adams with first-round pick

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak The Angels took another high school player with their second-round pick, grabbing shortstop Jeremiah Jackson from St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Alabama.By taking two high school players, the Angels continued their recent shift to a more balanced strategy, instead of going so heavily after college players, as they had done for years. They had not taken high school players with their first two picks since 2010 when they took Kaleb Cowart and Cam Bedrosian.When their first pick came around on Monday, the Angels had a shot to take Florida right-hander Brady Singer with their first pick. Instead of taking the polished college pitcher, who was considered by some to be one of the top few prospects in the draft, the Angels took a chance on Adams.“We feel if we can infuse our system with talent such as his, with tremendous upside and athleticism, you take that and bring it in,” Swanson said.Adams, whose father is an assistant football coach at North Carolina, is a wide receiver with pro potential, so the Angels will have to convince him to abandon any plans for playing football. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “We’re fully expecting him to sign and play baseball,” Swanson said.Adams, 18, hit .435 with five doubles, three triples and a home run during his senior year. He stole 26 bases. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound outfielder hit a walk-off single in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field.Jackson, 18, is believed to have an advanced right-handed bat, for a high school player. His hitting is ahead of his defense. He may have to move to second base as he climbs in the system.Jackson, who had started for the school’s varsity team since he was in seventh grade, hit .644 with 15 homers as a senior.The draft continues Tuesday (rounds 3-10) and Wednesday (rounds 11-40).center_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM — The Angels followed a familiar script with their first-round pick on Monday, taking high school outfielder Jordyn Adams with the 17th overall pick.Adams, a multi-sport star at Green Hope High in Cary, N.C., has a scholarship to play football and baseball at the University of North Carolina. He is known for his speed and athleticism.At first glance, he seems to be similar to Jo Adell, the Angels’ top pick in the 2017 draft. Adell, a high school outfielder, has already been through two levels of the farm system, advancing to high-A Inland Empire last month. Adell is the considered the top prospect in the Angels’ farm system.“The first thing that jumps out is his athleticism,” scouting director Matt Swanson said of Adams. “If you look at our last couple drafts, that’s a common thread. Jordyn is someone who is big and fast and strong and someone we can continue to mold.” The slot value for the 17th pick is just under $3.5 million.Related Articleslast_img read more