Teams in the Midwest League have been realigning with their Major League counterparts in the past week, and now, The Burlington Bees have made their announcement. On Tuesday the Bees management agreed to a two-year player development contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels come to Burlington after spending the past 20 years in Cedar Rapids.
Three of the top four Angels prospects from the 2012 MLB draft played in the Midwest League this past season; R.J. Alvarez (3rd round), Alex Yarbrough (4th round), and Eric Stamets (6th round).
"We are extremely excited about our new relationship with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim," said Bees General Manager Chuck Brockett. "Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais (Assistant General Manager) have a great reputation around baseball. Not only do they develop top-notch minor league systems, but they also strive to develop a long-lasting relationship in their minor league communities."
The Angels become the 14th different Major League affiliation for the Bees since 1962.