Angels outfield prospect Jordyn Adams was a double shy of the cycle Monday night and is riding a seven-game hitting streak. Being one hit short of a cycle is like being one person short of a threesome. In my case, I’m consistently two people short of a threesome. Good thing I have you over-the-internet friends to cheer me up. Here’s what I said about Adams in the preseason, where he ranked fifth in the Angels top ten: “Adams is a toolsy former wideout drafted 17th overall in 2018. His double-plus speed will work as SAGNOF at the very least. It’s a wait-and-see approach like Maitan, but Adams could vault into the top tier pretty quickly after we’ve seen a full season from him. He’s the best lottery ticket in this tier in terms of overall upside. Upside like how I wish I could smack Grey upside his head.” Weird, I must have written that in a blackout. Sorry Grey! And apologies for ranking Maitan anywhere in that preview. Oof. Back to Adams…we’re in the midst of that full season and he’s hit .252 with seven homers and 12 steals for Burlington (A). Importantly, his strikeout and walk rates remained stable at the higher level and longer season. If anything, he’s gotten better as the year has gone on. Not shabby for a 19-year-old. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…
Adley Rutschman, C | BAL – 5-for-5 with a homer (2) and a triple. Also, he was promoted to Class A Delmarva. There wasn’t anything left to prove at Aberdeen with a .325 average, so we’ll see what this year’s top pick has for the next level up. Next year he should see High-A and possibly even Double-A, putting him on a path to the majors that should end sometime in 2021. Not always the best idea to invest heavily in catchers, but he’s one of the few I’d make an exception for.
Dylan Carlson, OF | STL – 3-for-4, hitting .476 in five games with Triple-A Memphis. Carlson is making the most of his recent promotion, with multiple hits in four of his first five games with the PCL club. Carlson’s bat really came alive this year in Double-A – hitting .315 with 21 homers and 18 stolen bases. You’d think he’d be older as a 2016 draftee, but he won’t turn 21 until October. He could be patrolling the grass for the Cards next season.
Alec Bohm, 3B | PHI – 2-for-5 with a homer (20). That’s Bohm’s 13th homer for Double-A Reading, where he’s hitting a decent .266 through 51 games. What’s been really impressive about Bohm’s season is his plate discipline – walking around 11% and striking out around 13% across three levels. I still prefer Gorman by a tad for fantasy porpoises, but Bohm has closed the gap this season and I’d be thrilled to own either at the hot corner.
Luis Robert, OF | CWS – 1-for-4 with a homer (28) and three homers in his last two games. FWIWerth, I think he homered again tonight (Tuesday) as I type this, making it three straight games. I wonder if Robert is experiencing acute fernweh for the big leagues.