Outfielder with 80-grade speed could go in the first round
Continuing our series of 2018 MLB Draft profiles in the final countdown to the big evening, we will stay with the prep ranks with a quick look at Jordyn Adams, high school outfielder from Green Hope High School in Cary, North Carolina.
Until the last couple of months Adams has been known primarily as a football player, demonstrating excellent athleticism and 80-grade running speed in baseball terms. He’s also committed to the University of North Carolina for both football and baseball, and since his dad is on the Tar Heels football coaching staff, the general assumption saw Adams as going to school.
That’s changed recently, with Adams showing better-than-expected hitting skills during the National High School Invitational back in March. He’s not as raw as anticipated and there are at least some teams discussing Adams as a first-round pick for this evening.
Born October 18th, 1999, a right-handed hitter and thrower, Adams is listed at 6-2, 175 and may not be done growing. 80-grade runners are rare and Adams adds wiry strength and at least moderate power potential to the package. If everything comes together he could be a 20-20 player with impressive center field defense.
From the outsider’s perspective it remains unclear exactly how signable Adams is, but he’s showing up around the middle of the first round on mock drafts based on industry buzz in recent days.