Angels bring a crowd to instructs

Less than a week after their two playoff squads finished the season, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will bring 39 minor leaguers to the desert for a month of hands-on work with coaches from every level of the system during their instructional league program. Three players will don an Angels uniform for the first time in Tempe.

Lefty Nate Boman and right-hander Young-Il Jung have very little in common. But, on Saturday morning, they will both trot onto a practice field at the Angels' Tempe facility for the first time.

Jung is the ballyhooed 17-year-old from Korea the Angels signed early this summer for a seven-figure sum. Boman is the former hot-shot prospect who signed just last week rather than return to the University of San Diego for another year.

Both are part of a contingent of impressive young arms who will work on honing their craft under the watchful eye of field coordinator Bruce Hines and a fleet of coaches from throughout the system.

Also taking the field for the first time will be tall lefty Nick Manganaro, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of South Florida who signed as an undrafted free agent.

At the plate, first-round pick Hank Conger will return to the field for the first time since having surgery to remove the hook-of-hamate bone from his wrist in late July.

Fellow catcher Ben Johnson will be the only position player in camp who played above Low-A this year after a full season with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Pitchers Anthony Ortega and Amalio Diaz both had brief stints with the Cal League squad as well.

The full roster is:

Brok Butcher
Bobby Cassevah
Amalio Diaz
Jeremy Haynes
David Herndon
Pedro Herrera
Esmerlin Jimenez
Youngil Jung
Warner Madrigal
Darren O'Day
Anthony Ortega
Sean O'Sullivan
Travis Schlichting
Tim Schoeninger

Nate Boman
Barret Browning
Leonardo Calderon
Robert Fish
Nick Manganaro
Alexander Torres

Robert Coello
Hank Conger
Anel De Los Santos
Ben Johnson
Flint Wipke

Tadd Brewer
Seth Loman
Ryan Mount
Wilberto Ortiz
PJ Phillips
Matt Sweeney
Mark Trumbo

Peter Bourjos
Angel Castillo
Brad Coon
Clay Fuller
Tyler Johnson
Julio Perez
Jordan Renz

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