MOBILE, Ala. (September 1, 2017) - Infielder Zach Houchins was promoted from the Mobile BayBears to Triple-A Salt Lake moments prior to Thursday's game. Houchins went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored in his Triple-A debut against Tacoma.
Houchins, 24, was a member of the BayBears Opening Day roster and slashed .251/.306/.416 with a team-high 14 home runs and 77 RBI in 125 games. He was recently named to the Southern League Post-Season All-Star team as the Best Utility Man, starting games at first base, third base, and shortstop. He also led the team with 34 multi-hit games and 22 multi-RBI games. Houchins was named Southern League Player of the Week on June 12 after slashing .346/.414/.769 with a walk-off home run and 12 RBI from June 5-11.
The Wilson, N.C., native was selected by the Angels in the 13th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University. Houchins was named a MiLB.com Angels Organization All-Star in 2016 after leading the farm system in home runs (18) and RBI (84) in 134 games with Class A Advanced Inland Empire.
Additionally, the Angels announced Friday that catcher Francisco Arcia and Greg Mahle have been promoted to Salt Lake. Arcia (13 games) and Mahle (16 relief appearances, one start) spent time with the Bees earlier this season.
In a trio of corresponding moves, catcher Michael Barash and outfielder Derek Jenkins join the BayBears from Inland Empire, and right-handed pitcher Jackson Zarubin was received from Class A Burlington.
The BayBears continue a five-game home series against the Biloxi Shuckers Friday at 7:05 p.m. CT. Live coverage can be seen on MiLB.tv (subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on the BayBears Broadcast Network, the TuneIn Radio App, and the MiLB First Pitch App, with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 6:45 p.m. CT.
Tickets are available as low as $7 (advance) and $8 (day of the game). Kids, active and retired military, and senior citizens receive $2 off the day-of-game ticket price. Single-game tickets are available online or by calling (251) 479-BEAR (2327).
The 2018 BayBears schedule has been released and is available by clicking here. Game times and promotions will be announced at a later date.
About the Mobile BayBears
The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles of Anaheim and play their games at beautiful 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 150 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.