Trio of Travs hitters headline AFL selections

Three hitters who have impressed at Double-A Arkansas will headline the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim farmhands who will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in this year's edition of the Arizona Fall League

Terry Evans, the center fielder acquired from St. Louis for pitcher Jeff Weaver, catcher Bobby Wilson and third baseman Matt Brown are the three position players selected to represent the Angels in the annual showcase of some of the top talent in the minor leagues.

Evans, 24, has had a monster season after struggling for three straight campaigns, knocking 33 homers between Single-A and Double-A. Although he entered the year with just a .239 career average, the former draft-and-follow selection out of Middle Georgia Junior College has hit .304 this year, stealing 35 bases along the way.

Brown, who was originally selected in the 10th round of the 2001 draft, has been among the Travs leaders in batting average, RBIs and slugging percentage all year, rebounding from a disappointing campaign in the Cal League in 2005. The third baseman will have a chance to continue to work on his defense during the AFL.

Wilson, who was signed by Tom Kotchman as a draft-and-follow player in 2003, has slumped over the past several weeks while nursing a minor injury, but had carried a .300 average into August in his first Double-A campaign. The 23-year-old has provided above-average support behind the plate, throwing out 43 percent of would-be base stealers.

Joining the hitters in the desert will be Arkansas hurlers Bill Edwards and Rich Thompson as well as Triple-A reliever Matt Wilhite and newly-promoted Bee lefty Daniel Davidson.

Davidson posted a 5.64 ERA in 29 appearances, 16 starts, for the Travs before moving up to Salt Lake last week. Edwards and Thompson, who were expected to provide a solid back-end of the bullpen in Arkansas have struggled to 5.77 and 5.21 ERAs respectively, while Wilhite, 25, has a 3.66 mark in the Pacific Coast League.

The Angels' prospects will be joined on the Scorpions roster by White Sox properties including Jerry Owens and Lance Broadway, third baseman Ryan Braun and other top talent from the Brewers' farm system, and a contingent from the San Francisco Giants.


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