In Arlington, Texas, Jordyn Adams of the Angels shared that his second start in Major League Baseball (MLB) was a vastly different experience from his debut. The rookie center fielder admitted to feeling more present and grounded during his second game, as opposed to the adrenaline-fueled haze of his first.
Adams made his MLB debut on August 2nd in Atlanta where he experienced a few defensive hiccups and failed to secure a hit in four at-bats. Following this, he was primarily used as a defensive replacement or pinch-runner until he got another chance to start on Tuesday night in Texas.
During this second game, Adams showcased solid defense skills and even came close to making an impressive catch that would have robbed a home run. However, he remained hitless after two at-bats.
Despite currently holding an 0 for 9 record with five strikeouts over two weeks in the majors, Adams remains optimistic about learning what it takes to succeed at this level. He emphasized the importance of sticking with an approach during an at-bat and being more of a student of the game rather than relying solely on athletic prowess.
Adams’ time in the big leagues may be nearing its end for now as Mike Trout is set to return from injury soon. When Trout is activated again, it’s likely that Adams will return back down to Triple-A.
Manager Phil Nevin believes that despite limited action on-field so far for Adams, there are still benefits from being exposed to big league games which will positively impact his career moving forward.
In other news related to Angels’ players: Mike Trout’s recovery seems promising; C.J Cron continues struggling with lower back stiffness; Anthony Rendon has yet not resumed baseball activity following bone bruise injury; Logan O’Hoppe had successful rehab assignment at Triple-A; Shohei Ohtani’s next start is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday against Cincinnati Reds.