Prior to the Opening Night festivities for the LA Angels High A MiLB organization, the Inland Empire 66ers, we here at Halo Hangout met with some prospects and coaches with the team regarding the upcoming season among other topics for Media Day. Among those we spoke with include team manager Ryan Barba and fan favorite Torii Hunter Jr. among a couple other members of the team.
The Inland Empire 66ers have been home to quite a number of high level prospects within the LA Angels system. From Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell last year to possibly Jordyn Adams later this year, the 66ers have become a passing ground for the future elites. However, regardless of the top prospects that come through the system the 66ers stands as a great team for their own.
The entire coaching staff with Inland Empire have a way of nurturing a strong chemistry and trust among their players and that’s something that can bring memorable success to the team within itself, not just the individual top prospects that make it their home for a short stay.
Last season, 2018, saw the 66ers come just inches from a playoff berth, the team dropping out of the race within the last 3 games of the season. It was tough to watch such a talented team go down so late in a playoff race, but at the same time it showed just how strong a foundation for future success had been laid.
The most encouraging thing about all this? A winning team produces a winning mentality, if the Angels MiLB affiliate can continue to build upon these winning ways, especially to the point of playoff success, the prospects who become a part of that success will be able to take that experience and imparted knowledge all the way to the top.