Angels select contract of former BayBear Matt Thaiss

Thaiss will be fifth former BayBear to make MLB debut this year


By Mobile BayBears | July 3, 2019 6:56 PM

BILOXI, Miss. (July 3, 2019) - The Los Angeles Angels announced Wednesday that they have selected the contract of Matt Thaiss , a former member of the Mobile BayBears, from Triple-A Salt Lake. Thaiss is scheduled to bat seventh and play third base in his Major League debut Wednesday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.


Thaiss, 24, played in 89 games for the BayBears over two seasons. He finished 2017 by posting a .292 average with 25 RBIs, 15 extra-base hits, and 37 walks in 49 games with Mobile. Thaiss started off 2018 by slashing .287/.352/.490 over 40 games and was tied for the team-lead with six home runs and 25 RBIs at the time of his promotion to Salt Lake on May 22.


The Jackson, New Jersey native was selected by the Angels with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft out of the University of Virginia. Thaiss has been an Angels Organization All-Star each of the past three seasons, and he is currently the No. 6 prospect in the farm system according to MLB Pipeline. In 404 career Minor League games, he has posted a career .279 average with 45 home runs and 241 RBIs.


Thaiss is set to become the 17th player to make his Major League debut for the Angels after spending time with the BayBears. He will be the 13th player from the 2018 BayBears team to appear in a Major League game. Former BayBears infielder Luis Rengifo , right-handed pitcher Griffin Canning , two-way player Jared Walsh , and left-handed pitcher Jose Suarez have all made their Major League debuts for the Angels this year.


The BayBears wrap up a four-game road series against the Biloxi Shuckers Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Live coverage can be seen on (Biloxi feed, subscription required, promo code: BAYBEARS) and heard on, the TuneIn app, and the MiLB First Pitch app., with the Countdown to First Pitch starting at 6:15 p.m.


The BayBears return home Thursday, July 4, and host a total of 70 home dates through Labor Day, September 2. The new BayBears Pass is available, featuring a general admission ticket to every BayBears game at Hank Aaron Stadium for only $19.97 per month. Season ticket packages and partial plans are also available, featuring a 7-game plan and a 12-game option to guarantee bobbleheads and receive tickets to select fireworks nights. Individual game tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 251-572-BEAR (2327).


About the Mobile BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels 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 175 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, call (251) 572-BEAR (2327), or contact Steve Goldberg via email at


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