The Hotlist: 2017 Players Of The Summer
September 14, 2016
By Nathan Rode and PBR Staff
According to the calendar, fall doesn’t start for another week, but summer is essentially over. We’re looking back at some of the top 2017s of the summer in this week’s Hotlist.
Jordon Adell, OF/RHP, Ballard HS, KY
One of the better athletes in the 2017 class, Adell looks the part with his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame. His raw tools are undeniable on offense and defense. He is a plus runner, turning in a 6.4-second 60 at the Tournament of Stars and a 6.56 at East Coast Pro, and shows a plus arm from the outfield. In batting practice, he can put on a show with plus raw power. The Louisville recruit is raw with the bat and was inconsistent in BP sessions throughout the summer, but when he gets his timing down, the ball can fly off his barrel. He’s prone to swinging and missing and generally ambushes fastballs on the inner half, but isn’t intimidated by velocity. At the Under Armour Game, he popped out and struck out in his first two at-bats before lining out hard to third base and singling through the left side against 94 and 92 mph fastballs. Given his upside, Adell will likely go out as a hitter, but if his athleticism doesn’t take over and bring polish to his game, he is more than capable of pitching at the next level. He threw sparingly over the summer and was impressive when he did take the hill. He has an easy delivery and a long, live arm action that delivered fastballs at 89-93 at TOS, touching 94. He has a sharp slider that ranges from 79-84 with swing-and-miss potential. At East Coast Pro, he was 88-92 in an inning of work with a 77-80 slider.