ANAHEIM -- Outfielder Jo Adell, who is ranked the Angels' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been chosen to participate in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15.The Angels drafted Adell with the 10th overall pick last year out of Ballard High School in
ANAHEIM -- Outfielder Jo Adell, who is ranked the Angels' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been chosen to participate in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15.
The Angels drafted Adell with the 10th overall pick last year out of Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., and he's lived up to the hype so far.
Adell, 19, was promoted to Class A Advanced Inland Empire last month and has put up impressive numbers in the California League, batting .315 with .954 OPS, 11 home runs, two triples, 12 doubles and 29 RBIs over 39 games. He will play for the U.S. Team, which holds a 12-7 edge over the World Team in the all-time series.
Former Angel Torii Hunter will manage the U.S. Team, while Triple-A Salt Lake skipper Keith Johnson will serve as the third-base coach. Vladimir Guerrero, who will become the first player to enter the Hall of Fame with an Angels cap later this month, will serve as the World Team's hitting coach.
MLB.com will live stream and MLB Network will exclusively televise the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 1 p.m. PT on July 15, with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and Jim Callis calling the contest live from Nationals Park. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers.
The Angels knew it was only a matter of time before Kole Calhoun emerged from his early season slump, and he's finally starting to reward their faith. Since coming off the disabled list on June 18, Calhoun has batted .288 with a .905 OPS, four home runs and nine RBIs. Before the injury, he was hitting .145 with one home run over 50 games.
"It's like Kole Calhoun version 2.0," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made some serious adjustments in his game, but he's letting his skill set play. He's always had great hands, he's always had great balance and he's getting back into that feel, so there's no doubt that he's more comfortable."
Ohtani vs. Maeda
Shohei Ohtani started at designated hitter and batted sixth against countryman Kenta Maeda on Friday. Ohtani went 2-for-7 with four strikeouts against Maeda in Japan, though they rarely faced each other since they played in the Pacific League and the Central League, respectively.
The Angels recalled Oliver Drake and optioned Miguel Almonte to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday ahead of their series opener against the Dodgers. To clear a spot for Drake on the 40-man roster, the Angels transferred Jake Jewell (right fibula fracture) to the 60-day disabled list.
Drake, 31, logged a 10.13 ERA over 2 2/3 innings in four appearances for the Angels this season before being designated for assignment last month.
On the mend
Backup catcher Rene Rivera, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in May, has progressed to catching bullpen sessions and is inching closer to beginning a rehab assignment. Rivera said he has resumed most baseball activities, though he has yet to run the bases. Rivera, who is on the 60-day disabled list, isn't eligible to return until after the All-Star break.
With temperatures projected to reach a high of 113 degrees in Anaheim on Friday, the Angels decided to skip many of their usual pregame activities, including team stretch and batting practice.
"There's no doubt we backed off on some of the things we were going to do outside," Scioscia said. "When it gets to this extreme, I think less is more. We'll be ready to play, but we'll get ready inside in the cages."
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