The Angels selected outfielder Jordon "Jo" Adell out of Ballard HS (Louisville, KY), as their first pick (1st round, 10th overall) in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Angels' Director of Amateur Scouting Matt Swanson.Adell, 18, batted .562 with 25 home runs, 61 RBI, 22 stolen
The Angels selected outfielder Jordon "Jo" Adell out of Ballard HS (Louisville, KY), as their first pick (1st round, 10th overall) in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Angels' Director of Amateur Scouting Matt Swanson.
Adell, 18, batted .562 with 25 home runs, 61 RBI, 22 stolen bases and 53 runs scored in his senior season for the Bruins. He was named the Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year and is the first player drafted directly out of a Louisville high school in the first round since the Cincinnati Reds selected Ballard pitcher Jeremy Sowers at No. 20 in 2001.
The 25 home runs for Adell led the nation and were four shy of the all-time Kentucky High School record in addition to being the highest single-season total in the state since the induction of BBCOR bats in 2012. He also ranked fourth in the nation in slugging percentage (1.437) and seventh in RBI.
The Angels selected a high school player with their first selection of the first round for the first time since 2010 when Kaleb Cowart was the 18th overall selection out of Cook HS in Adel, GA. Additionally, the last time the Angels chose an outfielder with their first pick was 2009, when Randal Grichuck was selected 24th overall, followed by Mike Trout at 25th overall.
The 10th overall selection is the earliest pick made by the Angels since 2000, when LHP Joe Torres was selected 10th overall in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft out of Gateway HS (FL).
Adell is the first of two selections the Angels will make on the first day of the draft. The Halos also hold the 47th overall selection, which will come in the second round of the draft.
The Angels 40-man roster currently features 12 players who were first round selections, including six players who were first round picks by the Halos: C.J. Cron (17th overall - 2011), Kaleb Cowart (18th overall - 2010), Cam Bedrosian (29th overall - 2010), Mike Trout (25th overall - 2009), Tyler Skaggs (40th overall - 2009), and Garrett Richards (42nd overall - 2009).