SALT LAKE CITY (September 2, 2014) - The Los Angeles Angels announced today the club has promoted 11 players from Salt Lake to the active Major League roster. The Angels recalled pitchers Cam Bedrosian, Vinnie Pestano and Cory Rasmus, outfielders Brennan Boesch and Tony Campana and infielders C.J. Cron, Luis Jimenez, Shawn O'Malley and Efren Navarro. In addition the team selected the contracts of Bees pitcher Wade LeBlanc and Utah-native catcher John Buck and added them to the active roster.
O'Malley, 26, is receiving his first Major League call-up. The Richmond, Wash. native hit .330 for the Bees in 89 total games and finished tied for second in the Pacific Coast League with nine triples. Campana and Buck have spent time in the majors this season, but are receiving their first Angels call-ups. Campana played for the Diamondbacks earlier this season, while Buck was with the Mariners.
All four pitchers called up by the Angels have spent time with Los Angeles this season. Pestano made his Angel debut last month after being acquired from the Indians organization, LeBlanc has pitched in two games for the Angels, while Bedrosian appeared in 11 games for the Halos in relief. Rasmus has spent the most time in an Angels uniform, logging 25 pitching appearances this season.
Jimenez and Boesch both made stops in Anaheim this season, but were mainstays in the Bees lineup. Boesch won the Pacific Coast League batting title with a .332 average and led the team with 25 home runs and 85 RBIs. Jimenez followed closely behind with 21 home runs and 76 RBIs.
Cron and Navarro return to the Los Angeles roster where they spent most of the season. Cron appeared in 49 games for the Bees this season, hitting .316 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs. Navarro set the Bees franchise record for hits in a career earlier this year and finished the season with 567 career hits in a Bees uniform before going on to appear in 44 games for the Angels.
The Bees finished their 2014 season on Monday and the Major League rosters expanded to 40-players on September 1. To date 29 different players have played for both the Angels and the Bees in 2014 including Josh Hamilton, David Freese, Kole Calhoun, Grant Green, Mike Morin, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago. In May the two clubs renewed their player development contract to keep Salt Lake as the Triple-A affiliate of the Angels through 2016.
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