For much of the season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Jordan “Jo” Adell would be named Mr. Baseball, so it was no surprise the day after he was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft that the Ballard sensation earned the sport’s highest individual honor Tuesday morning from the Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Adell, who was selected 10th overall by the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night, hit .562 with 25 home runs and 61 RBI for the Bruins this season. He pitched 31 2/3 innings, too, finishing the season with a 1.55 ERA and 56 strikeouts. Adell has committed to the University of Louisville, though it doesn’t appear that he’ll ever play for the Cardinals. He would have to turn down a potential signing bonus of more than $4 million if he were to go to college.
Adell at about midnight tweeted, “Los Angeles here I come! #Angels”
“This is unbelievable,” Adell told MLB Network after being drafted. “I’m just really blessed to be in this situation and be here with my parents to have this full experience. I can’t wait to get out to L.A. and meet up with those guys. The fan base is crazy, and my big thing coming into this was I just want to be somewhere where I’m wanted. And that’s what I feel with this organization.”
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The KHSBCA also released its All-State teams Tuesday. Scott County star Cam Hill, who’s committed to the University of Kentucky, was named to the first team as well as Danville’s Brian Baxa, a University of Tennessee-Martin commit, and Mercer County’s Mason Hazelwood. No Lexingtonians were named to the first team.
Several 11th Region players were selected to the second team. Trip Lockhart, a Lexington Catholic pitcher headed to UK, and Brady Bowling, a Lafayette pitcher, made that list along with Thomas Bennett (Western Hills), Jack Ockerman (Woodford County) and Trace Willhoite (Scott County). Paris’ Ryan Davis also made the second team.
Lafayette first baseman and pitcher Eddie Satisky was named to the third team along with Clark County’s Jack Ware. Scott County’s Jordan Fox, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Austin Shepherd, Sayre’s Cameron Stiglich and Montgomery County’s Paul Wise made the list of honorable mentions.
2017 All-State Team
First team: Luke Seed, McCracken County; Justin Hallum, Madisonville; Wyatt Stevensone, Christian County; Maddex Richardson, Owensboro Catholic; Davion Downey, Warren East; Luke Brown, Bowling Green; Garrett Schmeltz, Pleasure Ridge Park; Jordan “Jo” Adell, Ballard; Gavin Sullivan, Eastern; Brody Heil, Trinity; Tanner Johnson, South Oldham; Chris Seng, Oldham County; Joe Boyle, North Oldham; Cory Franzen, Campbell County; Cam Hill, Scott County; Brian Baxa, Danville; Trae Harmon, Somerset; Mason Hazelwood, Mercer County; Geordon Blanton, Johnson Central; Braxton Kelly, Johnson Central; Gage Hughes, Greenup County; Ben Jordan, West Carter
Second team: Shane Burns, Caldwell County; Jacob Mulcahy, Owensboro Catholic; Kaleb Justice, Logan County; Tyler Stahl, Bowling Green; Dominick Lawson, Nelson County; T.J. Graves, Washington County; Dallas Glass, Pleasure Ridge Park; Noah Thompson, Male; Brandon Pfaadt, Trinity; Matt Higgins, Trinity; Will Moriarty, South Oldham; Cam Masterson, North Oldham; Ben France, Covington Catholic; Drew Rom, Highlands; Ryan Davis, Paris; Thomas Bennett, Western Hills; Jack Ockerman, Woodford County; Trip Lockhart, Lexington Catholic; Brady Bowling, Lafayette; Trace Willhoite, Scott County; Ryan Smith, Hazard; Andrew Sharp, East Carter
Third team: Lofton Pigg, Calloway County; Hunter Combs, Muhlenberg County; Brennen Krahwinkel, Apollo; Lucan Bault, Russell County; Brayton Scales, Russell County; Jackson Campbell, Logan County; Logan Bowen, Bowling Green; Andrew Spaulding, Marion County; Nick Rucker, Pleasure Ridge Park; Blake Benz, North Bullitt; Ethan Doty, Highlands; Max Epplen, St. Henry; Nick Craddock, Conner; Nick Nelson, Mason County; Jack Ware, Clark County; Eddie Satisky, Lafayette; Bull Bennett, Somerset; Jack Capobianco, North Laurel; Dalton Cornett, Knott County Central; Scott Stapleton, Prestonsburg; Harlan Carter, Rowan County; Braden Wyatt, Boyd County
Honorable mentions: John McCauley, St. Mary; Will Brian, Meade County; Blake Graham, Butler County; Dalton Shoemake, Glasgow; Ethan Johnson, Fern Creek; Ray Steilberg, Louisville Holy Cross; MAtthew Ellis, Shelby County; Brian Wells, Newport Central Catholic; Logan Castleman, Beechwood; Jake Wester, Covington Holy Cross; Austin Crawford, Bracken County; Paul Wise, Montgomery County; Issac Fryman, Nicholas County; Austin Shepherd, Paul Laurence Dunbar; Cameron Stiglich, Sayre; Jordan Fox, Scott County; Cole Brock, Corbin; Jacob Nelson, Knox Central; Nick Conley, Russell