Amarista Gets First Major League Call-UpApril 25, 2011 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) Salt Lake Bees
Amarista, 22, has appeared in 14 games for the Bees in 2011, hitting a Pacific Coast League-high .455 with six doubles, two home runs, 16 RBI and three stolen bases. He has hit safely in all 14 games this season. Named the Angels' Defensive Player of the Month three times in 2010, Amarista hit .309 with 27 doubles, 10 triples, 68 RBI and 25 stolen bases while splitting last season between Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A. The Barcelano, Venezuela native was originally signed by the Angels as a nondrafted free agent in 2007.
Willits, 29, has appeared in six games for the Angels in 2011. He spent the 2010 season with the Angels, hitting .258 with 23 runs scored, seven doubles, eight RBI and two stolen bases. Willits committed just one error in 115 total chances on the season. His last appearance with Salt Lake was in 2009. The Chickasha, Okla. native was originally selected by the Angels in the seventh round of the 2003 draft.
The Salt Lake Bees continue an eight-game home series tonight against the Tacoma Rainiers at 6:35 p.m. at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Tonight is Harmons Family Night. Visit any Harmons for a coupon valid for a single ticket and hot dog for $5. For more information about Bees season tickets, which start as low as $8 per game, call (801) 325-BASE or visit slbees.com.
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