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The Bees had the best offense in the PCL last year

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Richie Ashburn Jersey , what can they do for an encore?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Angels PregameAngels PostgameGamethreadsHalos Heaven PodcastsShohei OhtaniMinor LeaguesInterviewsMinor LeaguesGet Stung: 2019 Salt Lake Bees (AAA) PreviewNew,14commentsThe Bees had the best offense in the PCL last year, what can they do for an encore?PDTShareTweetShareShareGet Stung: 2019 Salt Lake Bees (AAA) PreviewPhoto: Minda Haas Kuhlmann. Twitter: @minda33. Instagram: minda.haas2018 in ReviewDespite having one of the best offenses in all of minor league baseball last season, the Bees ended up just 71-68 in second place in the PCL Southern Division. You could probably surmise that their strong stats and lackluster finish was due to the Angels constantly pilfering their club for talent (and managers) last season as the Angels had a record number of minor league call-ups in 2018 ( Full list here). For two years in a row now, the Bees have put up winning seasons - a testament perhaps to better talent coming up through the system. Since 2009, the Bees have only made the playoffs once when they lost to Las Vegas in the 2013 finals.Toward the end of the season, The Angels poached Bees skipper Keith Johnson for a coaching job with the big league club and Eric Chavez took over for the remainder of the year. Keith Johnson is now the Angels roving infield coordinator and Eric Chavez is a special assistant to Billy Eppler.In August, it was announced that the Bees and Angels extended their Player Development Contract Through the 2022 season.In February, the Bees brought back former hitting coach and big league catcher Lou Marson to manager the team in 2019.Notable DeparturesJose Miguel Fernandez led the team with a .333 AVG, ranking 2nd in the PCL. He signed with the Korean Baseball League this past off-season. Jabari Blash went off to Japan after smashing 29 home runs in 83 games for the Bees. Gone as well are Juan Graterol, Eric Young Jr., Ben Revere, Sherman Johnson, John Lamb, Connor Lillis-White, and Parker Bridwell.Notable ArrivalsPeter Bourjos returned to the Angels organization in November. Jarrett Parker and Cesar Puello were also brought in for more outfield depth. Alex Meyer returned after become a free agent briefly. Luke Bard was signed in late February and ended up making the big league roster out of Spring Training.Brennon Lund will be moving up from Mobile for his AAA debut.Projected Lineup & Names to WatchWhen it comes to the infield http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , Salt Lake is stacked with guys who could see big league actionthis year. Matt Thaiss (1B), Jared Walsh (1B/OF/P), Wilfred Tovar (2B/SS), Luis Rengifo (2B), Taylor Ward (3B), and Kaleb Cowart (3B/P). Of course, Ward and Cowart have already seen big league action. Thaiss, Walsh, and Rengifo may be the next round to get a call up, so keep an eye on them. Also, maybe we see Walsh and/or Cowart (our newest two-way players) make a big league mound appearance this year? It’s certainly possible.Jose Briceno and Dustin Garneau will take on primary backstop duties.The Outfield has many familiar names as well in Peter Bourjos (currently in Anaheim), Jarrett Parker, Cesar Puello, Bo Way (another two-way player), and as mentioned - Jared Walsh.Aside from Way and Walsh, all these guys have seen at least some big league action. Newcomer Brennon Lund will be there as well. No word on Jo Adell but due to his injury http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-pat-neshek-jersey , it’s likely he may play at least a few games in AA this year. Projected Pitchers & Names to WatchGriffin Canning and Jose Suarez headline the pitching staff in Salt Lake, and given the Angels ability to drop pitchers throughout the season, it’s just a matter of time before they arrive in Anaheim.Also in the rotation mix is Nate Smith (maybe?) who’s been plagued with injury issues and is poised to maybe finally hit the big leagues later this year?Other rotation pieces include Alex Myer (when he’s healthy), Dillon Peters, and Jaime Barria (for now).The bullpen includes familiar names like Jake Jewell, as well as Jeremey Rhoades, Matt Ramsey, Greg Mahle, andForrest Snow. MESA, Ariz. (AP) — When spring training opened, one of Oakland’s biggest questions was its catching situation following the departure of Jonathan Lucroy. The Athletics had Josh Phegley on the roster and signed Chris Herrmann to a one-year deal in December. It’s a good thing they added Nick Hundley, too.Herrmann had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee this past week. That leaves Phegley and Hundley behind the plate.“No one knew what direction they were going to go,” said Phegley, who is entering his fifth year with the A’s. “We’re all good options.”The 35-year-old Hundley agreed to a minor league deal with Oakland last month. He spent the previous two seasons with San Francisco, batting .241 with 10 homers in 96 games last year.Hundley isn’t taking anything for granted. He has an opt out in his contract that Oakland has to decide on by Thursday. That’s also the day the Athletics leave for Japan, where they will open the regular season on March 20 against the Mariners.“They haven’t told me anything Aaron Altherr Jersey ,” Hundley said Sunday. “If something happens before that or I go somewhere else — I don’t put the cart before the horse ever. We’re living day to day.”Oakland manager Bob Melvin likes Phegley and Hundley as options. How much playing time each will get is still to be determined.“How it splits up, we’ll see,” Melvin said. “It might be matchups. Obviously, we have analytics that may suggest certain pitchers for certain guys. We want to keep them both healthy. Nick has had some knee stuff in the past. It will allow both of them to get enough playing time to be comfortable and not sit too long.”The A’s had planned on a platoon with Herrmann, who bats left-handed, and Phegley, who is a right-handed hitter. Instead, they now have two right-handed hitting catchers.“Things tend to work their way out,” Melvin said. “I’m very comfortable with both guys we have now.”Hundley made 70 starts last season for the Giants, subbing for Buster Posey when he was injured. He has had to cram this spring to learn the A’s pitchers.“You can talk to them as much as you want but until you get into live action and see what they like to do and what they need out of me, that’s the biggest thing is making them comfortable with me, making them not skip a beat,” Hundley said.On Sunday, Hundley was matched up with Jesus Luzardo, a touted prospect who is competing for a spot in Oakland’s rotation.“His stuff is dynamite,” Hundley said. “He’s been really impressive. I’ve been able to catch him a couple times. He’s been lights out. It’s one of those things where you see a 21-year-old who has a lot of potential.”Luzardo struck out five while pitching four innings of one-run ball in Oakland’s 5-4 split-squad victory over San Francisco. He surrendered his first earned run this spring on Aramis Garcia’s RBI single in the first.“He could be a front of the rotation guy for a long time Clay Buchholz Jersey ,” Hundley said. “His mindset, his ability to be aggressive in the zone, and his arm is lightning fast. He’s got a lot of talent and when he gets in there and is aggressive like that, the sky’s the limit for him.”Luzardo is glad Hundley is on the A’s, too.“We have a good connection,” Luzardo said. “He’s the man. Having a vet like that is a good confidence boost to have as a pitcher.”NOTES: Melvin said the A’s will go with relievers in their first exhibition game in Japan on March 17 and Brett Anderson will start the second one. … Mike Fiers will start on opening day against the Mariners at the Tokyo Dome. “It’s an honor to start the season off for this team and get them off on the right foot and set the tempo for the year,” Fiers said Sunday. “Any start is big for me. You’re always nervous, excited, there’s so many emotions that go into these games. You have to just control them and go out and be myself and pitch and not try to overdue it.” … Former A’s outfielder Coco Crisp, 39, is now on the Oakland radio broadcast team. Melvin said it’s a good fit. “He knows the game,” Melvin said. “I’ve told him that — ‘You’re one of the easiest guys I’ve ever had to manage’ because he understands the game and you know he’s going to be prepared to play. You just let him do his thing.”

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