ANAHEIM -- Jordyn Adams, the Angels' first-round Draft selection this year with the No. 17 pick, signed with the club on Tuesday. Adams will start play in the rookie-level Arizona League beginning Wednesday.Adams, an outfielder, passed on his commitment to the University of North Carolina to play both football and
ANAHEIM -- Jordyn Adams, the Angels' first-round Draft selection this year with the No. 17 pick, signed with the club on Tuesday. Adams will start play in the rookie-level Arizona League beginning Wednesday.
Adams, an outfielder, passed on his commitment to the University of North Carolina to play both football and baseball in order to sign with the Angels. MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis reported that Adams signed for $4.1 million. The slot value of the pick was $3,472,900. Adams went to Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., and is originally from Blythewood, S.C.
His five-day visit to Orange County included an opportunity to go sightseeing in Southern California for the first time.
And, naturally, a visit to In-N-Out Burger was a necessity for a first-time visitor. Adams, however, wasn't all that impressed. "I walked in thinking that it was gonna be a burger I tasted like I've never tasted before," Adams said. "I kinda compared it to all the other burgers I had. It was good, it was just nothing that stuck out like I thought it would be."
His order, the classic No. 1, a double-double, fries and a drink, wasn't enough to overtake his favorite burger spots, Five Guys and Cook Out. Adams does regret, however, not ordering his fries "animal style," something he anticipates rectifying in the future.
"Everyone told me afterward that I got my fries ordered the wrong way -- I should've gotten it 'animal style' instead," Adams said. "It's a learning process. It was my first time there. I'll definitely eat [In-N-Out] more and give a little more of an update."
He can do plenty of that in Arizona, where there are 31 branches of the esteemed burger joint. There, he'll be rooming with the Angels' second-round pick, Jeremiah Jackson, along with two others.
Jackson and Adams have been friendly since they played on the same team in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game, and that relationship continued when they were teammates in the East Coast Pro showcase the following month. They were, needless to say, excited when they found out they were drafted by the same professional team.
"It was crazy. We hit each other up," Adams said.
Together, they spoke to reporters at Angel Stadium before Tuesday's game against the D-backs, and they were already finishing each others' sentences.
"Right when it happened," Jackson finished.
"Yeah," Adams continued. "It was like, wow, over the summer we were just talking about ... "
"Rooming together and everything in Arizona," Jackson finished.
The Angels acquired right-hander William McGuire from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later, the club announced Tuesday. McGuire has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. To make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Juan Graterol was designated for assignment.
Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com.