With the 17th overall pick, the Los Angeles Angels selected UNC dual football and baseball commit Jordyn Adams in the 2018 MLB draft on Monday night.
Now, that leaves a decision for Adams: either to fulfill his commitment to play two sports for the Tar Heels, or opt out for a seven figure bonus, a paycheck and a focus on just one.
Adams, a senior at Green Hope High School in Cary, was the first prospect from the state of North Carolina and the fifth outfielder taken in the draft. He excels at both football and baseball, but now his athletic skills at both sports are at odds with one another.
Coming into the draft, MLB.com ranked Adams the 37th draft prospect on the board. He is a player with all the speed to be dangerous on the base path and the quickness to track down balls in the outfield.
In center field for Green Hope, Adams impressed MLB scouts in April by stealing a tournament-best five bases at the National High School Invitational, the biggest baseball showcase tournament in the country. Ever since, he’s been considered a mid-first rounder on most draft boards.