Hoping to capitalize on a 7-6 begin in what could also be Shohei Ohtani’s last season with the workforce, the Los Angeles Angels have made a daring transfer at a key place.
The workforce introduced Saturday that it’s calling up shortstop Zach Neto, the No. 13 total decide in final yr’s MLB Draft, instantly from Double-A to take over at shortstop after early-season struggles from veteran David Fletcher, who was demoted to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.
The 22-year-old Neto has been within the skilled baseball ranks for simply over 9 months after a standout profession at Campbell College in North Carolina. He was hitting for a .444 common and a 1.374 OPS this season for the Double-A Rocket Metropolis Trash Pandas, which the Angels apparently noticed as sufficient justification to vault him instantly previous Triple-A and into the large leagues.
Neto was positioned within the beginning lineup for Saturday’s sport at Boston, batting eighth and manning the shortstop place.
Fletcher, an Angels fan-favorite and native of close by Orange, Calif., has simply two hits (each singles) in 16 at-bats thus far this season. He performed for Workforce Italy within the 2023 World Baseball Classic, the place his squad was eradicated within the quarterfinals by his MLB teammate Ohtani and eventual champion Japan.
MLB Pipeline ranks Neto because the second-best prospect within the Angels’ farm system and the No. 82 prospect total. His promotion signifies that each of the Angels’ high two prospects, Neto and catcher Logan O’Hoppe, are each now slated for main roles with the big-league membership for not less than the close to future.
Ohtani, the 2021 American League MVP and 2023 World Baseball Traditional MVP, is about without cost company after the 2023 MLB season.
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