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SALT LAKE CITY — Jo Adell will soon be the biggest major league prospect to play for Salt Lake Bees since Mike Trout.
The Bees officially announced Adell's promotion Thursday afternoon. The announcement came after the Orange County Register and The Athletic both reported that the Los Angeles Angels were planning to promote Adell to the Bees.
The Bees host Oklahoma City Thursday evening, where Adell is expected to make his Triple-A debut in right field. He is listed as leading off in the batting order, team officials said.
Adell was hitting .308 with and a .944 OPS in 43 games with Double-A Mobile this season. He also played six games for Advanced Single-A Inland Empire after starting the 2019 season on the Injured List.
The Los Angeles Angels selected the now-20-year-old outfielder with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. He’s currently rated the top outfield prospect and the No. 4 overall prospect in all of minor league baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Trout was the top prospect heading into the 2012 season, which he started with the Bees and ended as American League Rookie of the Year with the Angels. He has since gone on to win a pair of American League MVP awards.
Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani was baseball’s No. 1 prospect heading into 2018, but he was never assigned to the Bees at any point before he won American League Rookie of the Year last season.