Former Bees In the 2017 Postseason

By Salt Lake Bees | October 3, 2017 1:19 PM

The MLB regular season is over and unfortunately the Los Angeles Angels fell just short of making the final wild card spot in the American League. With the Bees parent club out of the running here is a list of players with Salt Lake ties that could be appearing in the postseason if you are looking for a team to root for. 

Teams with no former Bees

New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

You didn't want to root for any of these teams anyway.

American League

Houston Astros: Cameron Maybin (2017)

The only Bees tie for the American League West Champs is OF Cameron Maybin who appeared in two games for Salt Lake this season while on a MLB rehab assignment.

Minnesota Twins: Buddy Boshers (2009, 2013-2014), Ervin Santana (2005, 2007, 2009), Alan Busenitz (2016), Bartolo Colon (2007)

Boshers and Santana both appear on the Twins wild card roster and Busenitz and Colon are possibilities should the Twins advance to the division series. Boshers pitched in 29 games for the Bees in relief, mostly coming in 2013 when he helped the Bees win the division with 16 outings with a 3.66 ERA.

Santana was an Angels home grown starter who appeared in just nine starts for the Bees over three seasons. He finished 4-1 with a 4.61 ERA during his time with Salt Lake.

Busenitz made a cameo appearance with the Bees for 10 games during the summer of 2016 before being traded along with Hector Santiago for Alex Meyer and Ricky Nolasco. Busentiz had a 1.99 ERA for the Twins after the flamethrower struggled with a 7.62 ERA in his time with Salt Lake. Colon made a rehab outing for the Bees during the 2007 playoffs while with the Angels.

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks: Jeff Mathis (2005-2007, 2010), Chris Iannetta (2012)

A pair of former Bees backstops could be on the D'backs playoff roster. Mathis has the most Salt Lake experience of anybody in the playoffs with 286 career games for the Bees. Known more for his defense, Mathis put up great offensive numbers in Salt Lake too, hitting .272 for his career with 32 home runs and 149 RBIs. His 242 games behind the plate are the second most in franchise history. Iannetta was only in Salt Lake for six games. Iannetta was acquired by the Angels by trading former Bee Tyler Chatwood to Colorado.

Colorado Rockies: Tyler Chatwood (2010-2011), Alexi Amarista (2010-2012)

Amarista was a fan favorite in Salt Lake as the diminutive infielder was known for making exciting plays in the field and had a surprising amount of pop in his bat. Alexi hit .303 in 119 games for the Bees while driving in 71 runs and scoring another 73. Chatwood was a top Angels prospect before his trade to the Rockies, making just five starts with Salt Lake over two seasons, holding a 5.40 ERA and a 2-2 record.

Chicago Cubs: John Lackey (2001-2002, 2009)

Lackey's time in Salt Lake goes back to the first year of the Angels affiliation in Utah and when the team had just changed their name to the Stingers. Lackey turned in one of the best seasons ever by a Salt Lake pitcher in 2002 going 8-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts before helping the Angels to the 2002 World Series.

Washington Nationals: Howie Kendrick (2006-2009)

Kendrick was a dominant bat for the Bees in his time with an incredible line of .369/.408/.631 in 69 games for the Bees in 2006. Kendrick would appear in another 35 games over the next three seasons, finishing with a .355 average and 85 RBIs in 104 career games.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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