The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported on February 4 that Angels farm director Abe Flores revealed at the Travelers’ Hot Stove banquet the assignments for a number of prospects.
The article states that Peter Bourjos, P.J. Phillips and David Herndon are likely to be assigned to Arkansas. Chris Pettit, who missed half of 2008 with a broken foot, will return along with Mark Trumbo.
Flores also said that Hank Conger “will start the season at Rancho Cucamonga to work on his catching.” The article said that Conger “should receive his second promotion to Arkansas sometime in 2009.”
Can’t find the original source, but I read somewhere that the Travs voted at season’s end to donate their fine money to Cedar Rapids for flood disaster relief.
For those of you going to spring training, the minor league camp schedule is now online at the FutureAngels.com web site. The minor league fields are west of Tempe Diablo Stadium, across the parking lot. Minor league camp is very informal. You’ll see over 100 ballplayers running around on four fields, in the bullpen and in the batting cages. Everything is accessible, and you can usually get an autograph so long as you don’t bother a player while he’s working. In the afternoon, you can watch two games for free on adjacent fields. Major league players often participate in the games to get some extra work.
The FutureAngels.com web site underwent a redesign recently. I’ve received a couple e-mails from AOL users who reported problems viewing the site. Refreshing their browser solved the problem, so if you’re experiencing a similar problem click the Refresh or Reload button on your browser and see what happens.
It’s very unlikely that I’ll go to spring training, since I’m unemployed. But this is also a reminder that FutureAngels.com survives only on the donations of its readers. You can make a one-time donation, or sign up for a voluntary $5/month subscription. FutureAngels.com has no ads, nor do you have to pay to access exclusive content such as the video clips and audio interviews. Click Here to learn more about how you can donate and support the web site in 2009.