BURLINGTON, IA - The Bees today announced the Opening Day roster for the 2013 campaign. The Bees will begin their first season as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Two first-round picks highlight this year's group, including 2010 1st-round pick, Cam Bedrosian, and 2010 first-round selection, Chevy Clarke. Bedrosian missed the 2011 season with Tommy John surgery, but came back to start 21 games in 2012.
This year's squad also features two 2012 Pioneer League all-stars. Wade Hinkle and Wendell Soto both received recognition for their solid performances in Orem, Utah. Hinkle mashed his way through the Pioneer League, belting 15 home runs and driving in 57 runs in 72 games. The former Kansas State Wildcat finished second in the league with a .338 batting average and also was the runner-up in home runs, slugging percentage, total bases, extra-base hits and on-base percentage. Soto was selected in the third round in 2010 out of Sarasota, Florida. He put together his best season in the minor leagues in Orem in 2012, hitting .329 and scoring 45 runs.
The team opens the season in Burlington at Community Field on Thursday, April 4, 2013 against the Clinton Lumberkings. The following roster has been assigned to the Bees by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
For the entire 2013 Bees roster, go to http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ros&cid=420&stn=true&sid=t420