- Alex Abbott, Outfielder
Abbott is returning to Burlington after hitting just .202 in a short stint during the 2014 season. He was a teenager then, and now will be 21 through the course of this year, which will provide him enough experience to start flashing his tools. Abbott is an athletic outfielder who will not only make nice plays in the field, but should be able to drill the ball to the gaps against former college stars who have less experience than Abbott.
- Ranyelmy Alberto, Outfielder
Alberto is another athletic outfielder who is getting a second shot at Burlington following a year off in between. Despite the numbers being worse than Abbott's in 2014, he was able to connect for nine home runs over a full season, which he matched last season in nearly half the amount of at bats. Expect a power surge in a league that tends to keep the ball in the park.
- Eric Alonzo, Right-Handed Pitcher
Some guys don't enjoy hearing their name late in the draft, but Alonzo thrives on being a 40th round pick and going out to prove guys wrong. Alonzo is the only returning pitcher from the 2015 Bees, and it's where he should begin to break through as one of the team's shining relievers. The strike thrower coaches Elite 17U Prime during the off-season and takes his own coaching to the mound with him (Angels' prospects, Jonah Wesely and Jahmai Jones have been a part of past Elite 17U Prime teams)
- Jaime Barria, Right-Handed Pitcher
The stuff is raw, but Barria is a very intriguing prospect who will be a project piece in Burlington. He'll be 19-years-old for the majority of the season, and will begin to gain experience against hitters developed in college and through the lower levels of the minors. It will be a nice test to see if he's the real deal or another international arm who needs more polish.
- Joe Gatto, Right-Handed Pitcher
This is the year Gatto finally puts the numbers together with his pure talent. The Angels went for Gatto in the second round in 2014, and have kept the teen in the lower levels to develop his off-speed and command. The results began to show last season, and in a pitcher friendly league like the Midwest League, Gatto should begin to shine, flashing his mid 90's fastball and hammer curve.
- Adam Hofacket, Right-Handed Pitcher
In college, Hofacket was a premier Division II starter. Once drafted, they moved him to a closing role where he found his nitch. Mixing a low to mid 90's fastball with run and sink, a solid changeup, fine tuned slider, and near flawless command, he should be able to replicate his numbers to an even stronger mark in the Midwest League. Hofacket repeats his delivery well and finds the zone with ease, which would suggest he becomes a starter, but for the time being, Hofacket has a standout future as a fine tuned reliever who could rise quickly through the system.
Grayson Long, Right-Handed Pitcher
Long is a guy the Angels are very excited about. He was their first pitcher taken in last year's draft, and has all the tools to become a top prospect in the system one day. Finding success at a professional level will be the key to Long's development as his tools are enough to make someone drool, but the results haven't come. This is his year to compete against talent slightly lower than his pure levels of personal talent.
- Michael Pierson, Third Baseman
Despite being a year or two older than the average talent he was facing, no player had as much success as Pierson did out of last year's draft. his .395 average, .467 on-base percentage and .528 slugging percentage were tops among 2015 draftees, with his average leading all of baseball. He'll now be right around the same age as most of the talent and we'll be able to see through numbers how his talents adjust.
- Brendon Sanger, Outfielder
Sanger gives the Angels something they've been missing for a very long time - a young prospect who can hit from the left-side. The test of a pitcher friendly league will be perfect to seeing Sanger's development. The power numbers may not come immediately, but as adjustments are made, Sanger could turn himself into one of the Angels elite hitting prospects.
- Jared Walsh, First Baseman
Between Tommy John surgery while pitching, the loss of his father to cancer and other events, Jared Walsh never got a fair shot as baseball until he was drafted by the Angels in the 39th round last year. Against younger talent, Walsh held a .978 OPS and ranked in the top 10 of nearly every offensive statistic in the AZL. Now is the time for Walsh to break free of all past events, and show he's the real deal.
BURLINGTON BEE'S OPENING DAY ROSTER
- Joe Gatto, RHP
- Jaime Barria, RHP
- Grayson Long, RHP
- Jose Rodriguez, RHP
- Jared Ruxer, RHP
- Eric Alonzo, RHP
- Ronnie Glenn, LHP
- Zach Hartman, RHP
- Adam Hofacket, RHP
- Winston Lavendier, LHP
- Jake McDavid, RHP
- Luis Pena, RHP
- Cody Pope, RHP
- Angel Genao, C
- Tanner Lubach, C
- Juan Moreno, 2B/SS/3B
- Hutton Moyer, 2B
- Michael Pierson, 3B/2B
- Jordan Serena, 2B/3B/SS
- Jared Walsh, 1B/OF
- Alex Abbott, OF
- Ranyelmy Alberto, OF
- Josh Delph, OF
- Brendon Sanger, OF
- Zach Welz, OF
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