LA Angels prospect Zach Gibbons wins Southern League All-Star MVP
By David Rice
The LA Angels were well represented in the Southern League and California League All-Star games. Outfielder Zach Gibbons who plays for Mobile won the Southern League All-Star Game MVP.
Zach Gibbons has been in the LA Angels farm system for the past three years was selected to the Southern League All-Star Game and he delivered in the clutch. Gibbons did not get into the game until the sixth inning, but once he did Houchins took advantage of it.
Gibbons went three-for-three scoring three runs and driving in four runs to help the South Division squad win 9-5 in front of a crowd of 8,500 at Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Gibbons is hitting .280 this season with Mobile, hitting two homers and driving in 24 runs with a .341 OBP.
It was a very special honor for Houchins who started out with Orem in 2016. In the three years Houchins has been in the Angels minor league system he has hit .289 with 11 homers and 95 RBIs and 31 stolen bases.
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Jahmai Jones went 0 for 2 in the California League All-Star Game on Tuesday evening. Catcher Jack Kruger went 0 for 1 and Zac Ryan pitched one inning and struck out one batter.
Jones is hitting .246 with seven homers and 31 RBIs. Jones has stolen 10 bases with a .347 OBP. Kruger is hitting .294 with three homers and 16 RBIs and 11 stolen bases with a .378 OBP. Ryan is 3-1 with a 3.66 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 39.1 innings of work with a 1.30 WHIP.
The three California League All-stars all helped the Inland Empire 66’ers to a 33-37 record finishing just two games out of first place in the Southern Division.
In other minor league news for the Angels they promoted catcher Michael Barash from Double-A to Triple-A on Wednesday. Barash is hitting .216 with three home runs and 16 RBIs. Barash has a .357 OBP .
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The LA Angels also signed top draft pick Jordyn Adams to a for an estimated 4.1 million dollars. The Green Hope High School star outfielder had a chance to sign with the University of North Carolina. The Angels have now signed both of their first two round draft picks. Jeremiah Jackson also signed with the Angels. Both Jackson and Adams will both be reporting shortly to the Arizona Rookie League.
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The Angel prospects hopefully will continue to play well in the second half of the season. We will just have to wait and see.