Jo Adell: Preparing For The Pros

When it comes to making the leap from high school baseball to the big leagues, there is a lot more to the process than meets the eye.

You can’t just go to practice, weight train for an hour, head home, and go to bed coasting on the talent you were born with. You have to become fully invested — essentially making your dream a career years before you’re paid a dime.

Think about the thousands of elite high school baseball athletes out there. What are you doing in your free time to separate yourself from them?

Are you studying film, getting serious about fueling your body properly, working out before or after your team’s mandatory weight-room sessions, or even putting in fielding or batting practice outside of your team’s daily two-hour practice?


Jo Adell Training 1

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Jo Adell was doing all of these things from day one as an athlete at Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky. He went out and took advantage of everything he could to take the right step toward the pro game.

Whether it was sitting down to watch film with his father, putting in a two-hour workout after practice, or setting a meal plan, Adell said doing all of these things got him in the right place physically and mentally to make the jump to the next level.

“The time I spend doing outside work I would probably say would be three to four hours a day,” he said. “Now that’s not all just lifting, running, and hitting — it can be watching film and sitting down with my dad looking at the way that I’m setting up, or what I’m trying to do, just really trying to get mentally in tune.”

All of this extra work has put Adell in a position to be a special talent and has helped turn him into a true five-tool threat on the diamond.

A baseball player is considered to be a five-tool player when they show above-average or excellent talent in these five skills:

  • Ability to hit for average.
  • Ability to hit for power.
  • Good base running and speed.
  • A strong and accurate throwing arm.
  • Good fielding skills.

These are skills that very few players can say they have all of, and are what the Los Angeles Angels are hoping 2017’s 10th overall pick has in his arsenal for years to come.

And after watching him grow on the field for a number of years, Adell’s former travel ball coach Jeff Petty has nothing but great things to say about the outfielder’s skill set and work ethic.


In terms of skill set, Jo is a five-tool player. That term gets thrown around more often than it should, but Jo is one of the true five-tool players. Elite power, ability to hit for a high average, blazing speed, a cannon for an arm, and as good a center fielder as I have ever seen in amateur baseball.
Jeff Petty


Adell may be a star in the outfield, but he isn’t just working in the gym on building his strength and speed — he’s looking at the larger picture.

“I really want to get as strong as I possibly can but also keep that range of motion,” Adell said. “It’s really easy to go into the offseason and get strong but also lose the ability to move your arm the way you want when making a throw, or rounding  a base without feeling tight in your back.”

“So I really try to implement ‘get strong, stay strong’ as much as I possibly can, but I also make sure I am getting my sprint work in and make sure I am doing things I would do on a baseball field a couple times a week.”

Whether it is his speed, strength, swing, or even mental approach, it’s all important for Adell when it comes down to it.

Yeah, maybe a few hours of hard work after a full day of school and practice doesn’t sound glorious to you. But do you want to become a five-tool player? Attract scouts to your games on a daily basis? Maybe even become a first-round draft pick? Then there are no excuses.

From day one, Adell set his sights on becoming a professional baseball player, dedicated his time to his passion, and all of the hard work paid off in the end.

Are you setting your goals to get recruited, improve your game, or even to try to go pro? What are you doing on a daily basis to get there? Leave a comment in the box below to share how you are going above and beyond to reach your goals.


  • Lavorne Walker:

    So proud of Jo! He is a hard worker with a goal in mind.

  • James Craig:

    Im a walk on freshman in college, the journey just beginning,after practice i will be the first one there, last one two leave,put in extra work,my goal is to become a 5 tool player, im working hard to improve my arm strength,my weakness and trying gain weight im not a big guy , other goals get drafted 1st round pick , attract a lot of scouts,on my free time im either putting in work in the gym or taking extra work in the field,long toss with my teammate giving me tips improve my arm drastically.

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