Angels Minor League Players of the Month: April

Angels Minor League Players of the Month: April

Triple-A Salt Lake Bees: OF Eric Young Jr.

It was a rough off-season for Eric Young Jr., losing his son in January. He found Spring Training as an easing process, and solidified his roll with the Angels as a fifth outfielder, being ready for a callup at any moment to serve at the Major League level.

In April, EYJ could not have been better in the Pacific Coast League. The month as a whole saw a .384/.430/.512 slash, but his consistency is what put him above all others. 11 of his 21 games went for multiple hits, including seven straight over a 15-game hit-streak where he hit .469 with a 1.155 OPS.

Others Considered: Ramon Flores, Kaleb Cowart, Matt Williams



Double-A Mobile BayBears: OF Bo Way

Always somewhere on the radar, Bo Way returned to Double-A for a brief visit. The 25-year-old seventh rounder was only in Mobile for 12 games, and earned himself a promotion to Triple-A Salt Lake in mid April, his first of to that level.

After an 0-for-4 debut to start the year, he went on to hit in 10 of his next 11 games, batting .341 with an .847 OPS. Way struck out just five times in 50 plate appearances, while flashing a .408 on-base percentage.

Others Considered: Zach Houchins, Forrestt Allday, Alberto Triunfel



High-A Inland Empire 66ers: OF Zach Gibbons

A senior sign out of Arizona, Zach Gibbons has done nothing but impress the powers that may be with his bat. After a debut slash of .351/.441/.513 in Rookie Orem, he has continued hitting well two levels higher.

Over April, Gibbons, 23, hit .322/.385/.402, collecting hits in 22 of his 27 games. Four of his six extra-base hits for April came in the final six games of the month. Gibbons had 10 multi-hit games over the month, including five of his first seven to start the year.

Others Considered: Matt Thaiss, Jared Foster, Michael Hermosillo



Low-A Burlington Bees: SS Roberto Baldoquin

The $8 million investment from Cuba had yet to show any offensive prowess in his first two years in the Angels organization. Roberto Baldoquin was sent down a level to Low-A Burlington for the first time in his career, which now seems to be where he should have started his development.

In 14 games in April, the 22-year-old held a slash of .260/.302/.500, flashing signs of speed and power. It's a sign forward, particularly in consistency, when he had five extra-base hits in a three game span, all of differing stature (two doubles, triple, two home runs).

Others Considered: Troy Montgomery, Brennan Morgan, Jack Kruger




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