Behind The Scenes gives you an inside look into the lives of the nation’s top high school baseball players. Jo Adell showed up to Area Code Games in 2016 and put on a show for all in attendance. He performed on the mound, at the plate, and was crowned the Home Run Derby Champion. This is a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Louisville commit, Jordon “Jo” Adell.
NAME Jo Adell
HIGH SCHOOL Ballard High School
HOMETOWN Prospect, Kentucky (Louisville)
FAVORITE THING ABOUT BASEBALL One of my favorite things about baseball is the friendships that I have made in the dugouts and on the fields. From high school to traveling around the country, I have met some elite-level players. Another favorite thing about baseball is that I enjoy the intense focus of the one-on-one competition with the pitcher, the catcher, and chasing the balls down in the outfield.
FAVORITE PLAYER Curtis Granderson is my favorite player because not only is he a great player, but he plays with enthusiasm
WHO HAS THE NASTIEST PITCH IN BASEBALL Max Scherzer and his two-seamer
PREGAME RITUAL A a lot of stretching and listening to music
FAVORITE BASEBALL MEMORY On of my favorite baseball memories occurred this year winning the 2016 Area Code Home Run Derby as I entered the finals with one of my good friends, Royce Lewis. Representing my team was an honor and my teammates on the White Sox were hyped.
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST Lil Uzi Vert
IF YOU WEREN’T A BASEBALL PLAYER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING I would coach because I love being around kids who love baseball.
WORDS TO LIVE BY Be the Change! To me, this means to not be afraid to do things differently if what you’re doing is not working.
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANY 3 PEOPLE (ALIVE OR DEAD), WHO WOULD THEY BE
1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
2. Willie Mays
3. President Obama
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING TO PREPARE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL SEASON: To prepare for the high school season, I’m playing an aggressive fall schedule, and I’m training 6 days a week with nationally renowned, baseball trainer Eric Hammer.
FAVORITE PERSON TO FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA I follow Kyle Lewis because he’s such a great person and he’s been through the process.
IF YOU WERE A GM AND COULD PICK ONE PLAYER TO START YOUR FRANCHISE WITH, WHO WOULD IT BE I would select Mike Trout because he is just a great player in all facets of the game.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EMOJI AND WHY The music symbol, because I love music
FAVORITE GUILTY PLEASURE SONG TO SING IN YOUR CAR “Back On My Feet,” by Kodak Black
WHAT WOULD YOUR WALK UP/WALK OUT SONG BE RIGHT NOW “Wonderful,” by Travis Scott
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU HEAR “MAKE BASEBALL FUN AGAIN” I think they are talking about the changes that are coming in baseball where you will see more and more high-end athletes who are not just talented, but enjoy and respect all areas of the game.
IF YOU WERE THE COMMISSIONER OF THE MLB, WHAT IS ONE CHANGE YOU WOULD MAKE TO THE LEAGUE I would implement a policy where every student in grades 12 and under have free entry into any MLB park. Baseball is a kids’ game and we have got to keep all kids a part of it.
WHAT IS CURRENTLY YOUR FAVORITE SHOW Criminal Minds
ROLE MODELS OUTSIDE OF BASEBALL My parents because they are hard workers who have encouraged me from the start.
FAVORITE PREGAME MEAL Any type of pasta
WHAT IS YOUR X FACTOR My X Factor is my athleticism because it helps me create speed and power which is important in the game of baseball.