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Adell wastes little time in signing with Halos
By Kaelen Jones
ANAHEIM -- The Angels signed 2017 first-round Draft pick, outfielder Jordon Adell, Thursday after he passed a physical. The deal includes a $4,376,800 signing bonus.
"To me it was a no-brainer," Adell said of the decision Thursday, as he attended the Angels' 7-2 loss to the Royals. "I'm in a situation where I felt like I was the guy. This organization believes in me."
Adell is the first top-round pick to sign with a team.
The Angels selected Adell out of Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., with the 10th-overall pick in Monday's Draft. He was ranked the No. 21 prospect in this year's class, according to MLBPipeline.com.
The 18-year-old said he didn't want to waste time over negotiations so he could get to work. He added that he doesn't want to rush his development, either.
"I just want to soak up all the information I can, and get the at-bats that I need and the reps that I need," he said. "When I'm ready, that time will come."
During his senior year, Adell garnered Gatorade Kentucky Baseball Player of the Year honors, batting .562, while tagging 25 home runs -- the most of any high schooler in the country -- and 61 RBIs, along with 22 stolen bases and 53 runs.
Adell will head back to North Carolina this weekend to get together with family prior to joining the AZL Angels, the Halos' extended spring training team in Arizona, on Wednesday.
"He'll start in Arizona," Los Angeles general manager Billy Eppler said. "We'll probably go through the orientation process, similar to what we would do in Spring Training when our hitters show up, with a couple days of [batting practice], and then maybe some live BP, and just some tracking, and put him out there, and bring him along."
Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.