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The Angels Only Drafted Pitchers in 2021. How Is That Going?

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Rocket City Trash Pandas are nearly 2,000 miles away from Angel Stadium physically and about eight years ahead of their parent major league club spiritually. The former is evident each time the Los Angeles Angels recall a player from their Class AA affiliate. The latter was on display one Sunday last month as the Trash Pandas, located in Madison, Ala., celebrated winning the Southern League’s first-half title in the north division by spraying champagne.

Even with superstars like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, the Angels have not popped any champagne corks since winning the American League West in 2014.

“The celebration was awesome. Our minor-league coordinator came down,” pitcher Chase Silseth said, referring to Joey Prebynski, who is in his second season in that position after spending two years as the St. Louis Cardinals’ run prevention coach. “They’ve been telling us since spring training, ‘This is what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to win down here.’”

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