Salt Lake City (April 4, 2011) - The Salt Lake Bees today released the 24-man roster for opening day of the 2011 Pacific Coast League season.
"As the Angels top affiliate, the Bees are pleased to announce a 2011 opening day roster full of major league talent for fans in Salt Lake," said Bees General Manager Marc Amicone. "The Angels continue to provide us with a great product on the field, while the Bees continue to offer one of the best entertainment values along the Wasatch Front. We welcome fans to experience a Bees game starting with the home opener on April 7."
On the mound, Salt Lake returns seven pitchers who saw action for the Bees a year ago, including the Angels' 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Tyler Chatwood. A second round draft pick in 2008, Chatwood went 13-9 overall last season at three different levels of the organization. The Bees also welcome six pitchers with major league experience, including Trevor Bell, Eric Junge, Matt Palmer, Francisco Rodriguez, Horacio Ramirez and Anthony Ortega. Behind the plate, veteran catcher Kevin Richardson joins the Bees after spending the last three seasons with Oklahoma City and the Texas Rangers. Cole Armstrong, a former Kansas Jayhawk, will share catching duties with Richardson.
In the infield, highly-touted prospects Andrew Romine (shortstop) and Alexi Amarista (second base) will make their first Triple-A opening day roster. Amarista appeared in 15 games with the Bees in 2010 and owns a .320 batting average in his first four professional seasons. Romine has 121 stolen bases in four professional seasons. Veteran infielders Jeff Baisley and Gil Velazquez join the Angels organization for the first time in 2011.
The Bees welcome a few new faces to the outfield in 2011. Jeremy Moore, a speedster who was added to the Angels' 40-man roster in November, hit .303 for Arkansas last season and led the Texas League with 10 triples. Tyson Auer played at three levels in 2010, including 14 games for the Bees and hit .255 against PCL pitching. Kevin Melillo hit .276 for Triple-A Indianapolis last year and spent time with Sacramento in 2007 and 2008. Melillo may also spend time in the infield. Veteran slugger Paul McAnulty returns to Salt Lake and will handle designated hitting duties.
The Salt Lake Bees begin the 2011 PCL season at home against the Reno Aces on Thursday, April 7 at 6:35 p.m. Salt Lake will host the first eight games of the season, including four games against the Aces and four against the Tucson Padres, formerly the Portland Beavers. For more information about Bees season tickets, which start as low as $8 per game, please call (801) 325-BASE or visit slbees.com.
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