SALT LAKE CITY -- The Salt Lake Bees announced the team's opening day active roster on Monday as the PCL club gears up for its season.
Eighteen of the 24 players bring major league experience, while nine are currently on the Angels 40-man roster.
On the mound, Salt Lake returns four pitchers who saw action for the Bees a year ago, including Matt Shoemaker who has worked more innings (354.0) than any other pitcher in the minor leagues over the last two seasons. The Bees also welcome nine pitchers with major league experience, including Billy Buckner, Fernando Cabrera, David Carpenter, Robert Coello, Dane De La Rosa, Barry Enright, Michael Kohn, Elvin Ramirez and Mitch Stetter.
Behind the plate, veteran catcher John Hester returns to Salt Lake after spending the majority of the 2012 season as the Angels backup catcher. Luke Carlin, a free agent signee with big league experience most recently with Cleveland, and recent signee and MLB veteran Chris Snyder will share catching duties with Hester.
In the infield, the 2012 Angels' organization batting champion Luis Jimenez (.309) will make his second consecutive opening day roster with Salt Lake at third base. Efren Navarro, the PCL's best defensive first baseman (.997 fielder percentage) in 2012, also makes his return to Salt Lake. Veteran infielders Tommy Field and Luis Rodriguez join the Angels organization for the first time in 2013.
The Bees welcome back Angels' top outfield prospect Kole Calhoun in 2013 where he is joined by new teammates in veteran outfielders Scott Cousins, Roberto Lopez, Trent Oeltjen and Matt Young.
The Bees open the team's 2013 schedule at home against the Tucson Padres for a four-game series on Thursday at 6:35 p.m.
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