Adams will be part of the Angels' 60-man roster. While seemingly unlikely to grab significant at-bats at the MLB level this season, Adams -- who is not on the 40-man roster -- will still be able to work on his development in what is looking like the absence of a minor-league season. The 20-year-old's highest league level in 2019 was High-A, but he did receive multiple promotions last year and recorded a .720 OPS across three levels.
Adams is expected to be included in the Angels' 60-man player pool, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Adams is considered one of the organization's top prospects despite slashing a ho-hum .250/.346/.358 in Low-A ball last season. The 20-year-old has demonstrated a knack for taking a walk and has plenty of speed, and inclusion in the player pool should give him an opportunity to develop as a hitter with the minor-league season all but certain to be canceled.
Adams was promoted to High-A Inland Empire on Sunday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Adams, the 17th overall pick in the 2018 draft, slashed .250/.346/.358 with seven homers, 31 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 97 games with Low-A Burlington this season. His slash line jumped to .296/.424/.556 through seven games in August, leading to the promotion.
Adams will open the year with Low-A Burlington, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports. This is a typical assignment for a 19-year-old position player who was taken in the first round of the previous year's draft, but it's noteworthy with Adams because he is still a pretty raw hitter, and this assignment should give him a challenge. Don't panic if he doesn't get off to a great start against Low-A pitchers, but if he were to have a seamless transition, that would be an excellent sign.
The Angels called Adams (jaw) up from their minor-league camp to serve as a reserve outfielder in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. With two games on the docket for the Angels, the team decided to bring in some reinforcements from the minors to provide depth off the bench. Adams is expected to finish the second of the Angels' split-squad games in center field, making it safe to conclude that he's made a full recovery from the broken jaw that forced him to finish his first professional campaign in the training room. The 2018 first-round pick is expected to open the upcoming campaign in short-season ball before likely getting a look at a full-season affiliate in the second half.