The Salt Lake Bees have extended their affiliation with the Los Angeles Angels through 2016.
The teams announced Monday morning they have signed a two-year player development contract extension. The Angels have been the parent club of the Bees since 2001.
"We have enjoyed our longstanding relationship with Salt Lake and are thrilled to announce an extension," said Scott Servais, who is the Angels’ assistant general manager and head of scouting and player development. "The city of Salt Lake and employees of the franchise continue to provide a first-class venue and experience for baseball fans."
In 14 years as an Angels’ affiliate, the Bees have compiled a 971-941 record, won five division championships and made two trips to the Pacific Coast League Finals. Salt Lake is celebrating the franchise’s 20th anniversary this season and has attracted more than 10 million fans while playing in the 15,411-seat Smith’s Ballpark.
"The baseball bond between the Angels and the Bees has been strengthened every year since we were reunited in 2001 and it’s a privilege to extend our partnership to 16 years," said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties. "The Angels are a first-rate organization and we have had a tremendous relationship through the years that has benefited both teams."
More than 150 players have come through Salt Lake on their way to playing major league baseball in Angels Stadium.
The list includes three-time All-Star pitcher Jered Weaver, who set the Salt Lake record for strikeouts in a 2006 game and All-Star Mark Trumbo, who set Bees’ franchise records with 36 home runs and 122 RBIs in 2010.
It also includes All-Star Howie Kendrick, who owns a .355 batting average in Salt Lake and two-time All-Star Mike Trout, who hit .403 with five triples and 13 RBIs for the Bees in 2012 before winning the American League Rookie of the Year award for the Angels.
"We are partners in the shared success of the Angels and the Bees and take great pride in the development of major league players," said Salt Lake Bees’ general manager Marc Amicone. "The Angels have deployed a quality coaching staff led by Keith Johnson, provide high-caliber players and support our efforts to deliver a great baseball experience in Salt Lake City."
The player pipeline through Salt Lake City has been active in 2014 with 13 players to date moving up to the big leagues, including Matt Shoemaker, Efren Navarro, C.J. Cron, Grant Green, Luis Jimenez, Brennan Boesch, Josh Wall, Cory Rasmus, Mike Morin, Nick Maronde, Jose Alvarez, Yoslan Herrera and J.B. Shuck.
The Triple-A Salt Lake Bees of the Pacific Coast League are the highest-level affiliate of the Angels, followed by the Arkansas Travelers (AA), Inland Empire 66ers (A Advanced), Burlington Bees (A), Orem Owlz (rookie), Arizona League Angels (rookie) and Dominican Summer League Angels (rookie).
Salt Lake begins an eight-game homestand at Smith’s Ballpark on Monday night against Albuquerque at 6:35 p.m.
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