With players due to report to spring training 2.0 on July 1st, the Los Angeles Angels have officially announced their initial 60-man player pool participants.
MLB faced a Sunday deadline to announce their initial 60-man player pool rosters for the return to spring training, or as the teams are calling it, “summer camp.” Leave it to the Los Angeles Angels to be one of the final teams to declare their roster.
As noted in a team release, the Angels have declared 55 of the 60 participants for camp, with those players set to report by July 1st. Unlike most regular seasons, the camp will not be held at Tempe Diablo Stadium as it was when teams first reported in February. For this new version of camp in the world post-Coronavirus, the Angels will divide the participants between Angels Stadium in Anaheim and Blair Field, home of the Long Beach State 49ers.
The Angels 60-man pool will look as follows:
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Notably, the Angels group consists of the team’s top three prospects; Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, and Jordyn Adams. Adell and Marsh both stand a legitimate chance of seeing MLB action in 2020, but the team may choose to be careful with how they promote them to the active roster, let alone the 40-man roster. If they are not part of the active roster for the first seven games in 2020, the team will gain an extra year of contractual control over each.
It is also worth noting that the first list does not contain first-round draft pick Reid Detmers, who signed earlier on Sunday. Detmers is anticipated to be added to the group, and with five additional slots, the team was likely waiting until they officially put pen to paper before adding him to the group. Like Adell and Marsh, the Angels will likely do some service time manipulation if they intend to bring Detmers along to the MLB roster in 2020.
Outside of the prospect participants that are mainly around to get in work and not forsake a full year of development, the 60-man squad is made up primarily of 40-man roster members and other minor league signees and non-roster invitees.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a further breakdown of the 60-man group, including surprise additions and the biggest battles to follow.