No surprise at all - even without the illness/injury he was gonna start the year in the minors.
But - why, oh, why AAA? The launchpads of the PCL will do more harm than good to his game - why not AA?
You could also argue that he lit up AA pitching, and keeping him there would hinder his growth.
Also, Salt Lake is a shorter flight to Anaheim than Arkansas is ;-)
Problem is, he's going to be playing at places where curveballs, don't - not exactly good prep for the major leagues ...
<why not change our triple A location>...WHY NOT....!!Both Pitchers and hitters that come up from Dbl AA "unlearn" everything in the dry atomosphere...
Pitchers discover their thrown ball does not "behave" the wayits "normally" supposed to..Batters have the same problem..Not sure if Vegas is any better..BUT..the Angels need to findanother triple A location...and one closer to home..Fresno?Portland?Sacremento?
That would make a lot of sense to me.
Seems like the Angels should already know this. So I wonder why nothing has changed unless the Angels have a contract keeping them in Salt Lake.
"With baseball being Moreno's favorite pastime, he applied his business acumen in that arena, as well, purchasing the Salt Lake Trappers minor league team alongside 17 other investors in 1986. The group owned the team until 1992, and the venture proved to be a resounding financial success." (wikipedia.org)
I stand corrected. The Salt Lake City Bees were moved from Portland in 1994, so it must have replaced the Salt Lake Trappers that Moreno owned.
<PalmSprings> Would enough people come to the"triple A" games to make PS a "profitable" location?
heck, I'd go...ha..ha..
< If the PCL is a problem why haven't the Angels changed their AAA location to another city. >
I've been wondering that for years. It just makes more sense to me to have a AAA team located where the atmospheric conditions are as close to the big team's as possible. For the Angels an ideal location would someplace like Oxnard, Ventura, or Santa Barbara, where the elevation is nearly the same and they have a marine inversion layer.