Highly-rated pitching prospect Grayson Long joins BayBears

Long ranked No. 3 pitcher, No. 6 overall prospect in Angels farm system

By Mobile BayBears | April 20, 2017 3:35 PM ET

PEARL, Miss. (April 20, 2017) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim announced Thursday that right-handed pitcher Grayson Long will join the Mobile BayBears from Class A-Advanced Inland Empire.

Long, 22, was selected by the Angels in the third round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M University. He was named a 2016 Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star with Burlington, posting a 1.58 ERA (7 earned runs in 40.0 innings pitched) and holding opposing hitters to a .190 average. Long spent June and July on the disabled list, before returning to action and finishing the year with Inland Empire.

In his Minor League career, spanning parts of three seasons, Long has a 5-7 record with a 3.72 ERA in 31 games, 30 starts. He made three starts with Inland Empire this month, allowing eight runs, six earned, on 14 hits with 14 strikeouts in 12.0 innings.

Long is currently the Angels No. 3 pitching prospect, behind Nate Smith and Keynan Middleton. The Houston native is ranked No. 6 overall in the organization, according to MLB Pipeline, making him the highest-rated prospect on the BayBears active roster.

In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Eric Karch has been transferred to Extended Spring Training.

The BayBears continue a five-game road series Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Trustmark Park against the Mississippi Braves. Live coverage can be heard on the BayBears Broadcast Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 6:40 p.m.

The BayBears return home Saturday night and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 4. Single-game tickets and ticket packages are currently on sale. Season tickets and group and hospitality offerings for the 2017 season can be reserved by calling (251) 479-BEAR (2327).

About the Mobile BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles of Anaheim and play their games at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The BayBears were founded in 1997 and have won four Southern League titles in 1998, 2004, 2011, and 2012. Additionally, the 1998 and 2011 championship squads were named Minor League Team of the Year by Baseball America. More than 160 former BayBears have reached the Major League level, including All-Stars Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Peavy, Carlos Gonzalez, and Justin Upton. For more information on the Mobile BayBears and Hank Aaron Stadium, please visit MobileBayBears.com, call (251) 479-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at Steve@MobileBayBears.com.

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