MLB Draft 2017: Angels’ Jo Adell embraces opportunity to be role model for African-American youth

The senior at Ballard High in Louisville is expected to be a first-round pick in this year’s MLB Draft — which starts at noon ET Monday — after putting up video-game statistics in his final year on the prep stage. Adell, a strapping lad at 6-3 and 210 pounds, hit .562 with 25 homers, 61 RBIs and 22 stolen bases and was named the Gatorade Kentucky Player of the Year as Ballard finished with a 23-12 record. That speed on the basepaths translates in the field, too, and he’s an outstanding defensive outfielder.

Adell has tools on tools on tools. In fact, the very smart folks at MLB.com say Adell has the “best all-around tools in the 2017 Draft.” He has been compared to Byron Buxton and Melvin Upton Jr. (the Rays/Padres version, not the Braves/Blue Jays version) and even Bo Jackson, though comparing anyone to Bo Jackson is kind of silly.

“That guy is on a different level,” Adell says with a laugh.

He has committed to play baseball for the University of Louisville, though it’s very possible that he never suits up for the Cardinals. He’s projected as a potential top 10 pick in the draft, and Adell is the type of potential All-Star who would be a very welcome addition for any fan base.

But that’s not what we’re going to talk about today. We’re going to talk about why Jordon Adell is the type of person you should root for, even if your team doesn’t pick him in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday.nike_cardinals_1080

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