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Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 4/14/2017

2017 MLB Draft Pack: April 14

David Rawnsley      Jheremy Brown     
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Once a week leading up to the 2017 MLB Draft Perfect Game will provide detailed scouting reports, and video (when available), on 10 of the top draft-eligible prospects. The first report each week will be available for free, the rest can be viewed with a PG Insider subscription. To learn more about Perfect Game’s subscription packages and to sign up today please visit this link.

Previous MLB Draft Packs:

March 17: Nick Allen, Cole Brannen, Michael Gigliotti, Hunter Greene, D.L. Hall, Keston Hiura, Blaine Knight, Corbin Martin, Brendan McKay, Joe Perez.
March 24: Jake Eder, MacKenzie Gore, Colton Hock, Zach Kirtley, Alex Lange, Royce Lewis, Calvin Mitchell, Glenn Otto, Evan Skoug, Cole Turney.
March 31: Shane Baz, J.B. Bukauskas, Hans Crouse, M.J. Melendez, Brian Miller, Seth Romero, Kevin Smith, Alejandro Toral, Logan Warmoth, Drew Waters.
April 7: Austin Beck, Jake Burger, Hagen Danner, Jeremiah Estrada, K.J. Harrison, Luke Heimlich, Garrett Mitchell, Peter Solomon, Coner Uselton, Evan White.

Prospects covered this week: Jordon Adell, Griffin Canning, Terriez Fuller, Jacob Gonzalez, Adam Haseley, David Peterson, Trevor Rogers, Pavin Smith, Mitchell Stone, Riley Thompson.

Special thanks to 2080 Baseball for providing video on two of the players shown below, Adam Haseley and Pavin Smith. To view the 2080 video library of players eligible for the 2017 MLB Draft please visit this link.

Jordon Adell – OF

Height/Weight: 6-3/205
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: April 8, 1999
High School: Ballard
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Travel Team: EvoShield Canes
Commitment: Louisville
Projected Draft Round: 1

If the Major League Draft was like the measurement driven NFL draft, Kentucky's Jordon Adell would be the equivalent of Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, the likely first overall pick in that sport. The measurements are just different for Adell, who just turned 18-years old in early April, than his peers.

Body: 6-foot-3, 205-pounds with coat hanger shoulders, a narrow waist and not an ounce of body fat.
Speed: 6.19 in the 60-yard dash, one of the fastest ever recorded on the Perfect Game lasers.
Arm Strength: 97 mph from the outfield, 96 mph off the mound.
Raw Power: Top of the Scale, puts on the best batting practice show in the class.

However, baseball's annual talent parade is based less on measurements and video analysis than football's, with multiple in-person looks over an extended period of time taking precedent. And while Adell will almost certainly be taken in the first round on June 12, it could be more towards the middle of the round from what scouts are talking about in mid-April.

Adell dominates at the high school level, as one expects he would with his physical gifts. He hit .449-11-44 as a junior and is going to lap that this spring, as he was hitting .512-10-25 with 16 walks after 16 games. Scouts never mind top prospects performing at a high level, even if it is against average high school pitching.

It's also worth noting that Adell is a personable and eloquent young man off the field when he's talking about baseball. He discusses hitting like he's studied and read about it from every angle and there is clearly a passion for his craft there.

The key for Adell thus far is consistency against the highest level of pitching, scouts will value a half dozen at-bats against quality pitching over a hundred at-bats against mid-level high school pitching every time.

There have been flashes of brilliance, no doubt. Adell's line drive home run to left-center field at the Area Code Games last August was the most violent contact this scout saw all year. He swung the bat very well and very consistently at last October's WWBA World Championship, an encouraging sign of progression after a long and very busy summer.

I wrote on the PG web site after Adell's aforementioned home run at the Area Codes, "That is the swing that scouts have been waiting for all summer and the one they remember all the way through next spring." It was hard to forget when coupled with all the measurements.

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