Posted May 5, 2014
For the Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake Bees second baseman Taylor Lindsey is the last man standing.
During the first month of the season, Salt Lake regularly trotted out an infield of C.J. Cron, Grant Green, Luis Jimenez and Lindsey.
In the span of two days, however, all but Lindsey were called up to the Angels.
"It is what it is. All of them did great down here," Lindsey said. "You can't do anything about it. It was their time to go up and do their jobs."
The 22-year-old Lindsey was drafted straight out of high school by the Angels in the first round of the 2010 draft. Since then he has gradually climbed up prospect lists, even landing at the top of some coming into the 2014 season.
He knows his time will come to make an impression in Los Angeles. Just not yet.
Without the three departed players, the Bees have some holes to fill — something that was exposed Sunday night.
The freshly promoted Angels all were hitting over .300 on the season and had double-digit RBIs, with Green leading the PCL at 28. In short, the trio had produced a good deal of offense for Salt Lake. However, not even their offensive contributions likely would have been enough to help the Bees Sunday as Salt Lake fell 19-4 to Reno.
In the sixth inning, the Aces came up to bat with the score 9-2 when the scoreboard at Smith's Ballpark suddenly went dark. The Bees might have preferred it to stay that way. When the scoreboard lit up again, Salt Lake found itself down 16-2 and the Aces tacked on three more before the inning was over.
With the score 19-4, Lindsey was taken out of the game.
Lindsey is playing in his first season of Triple-A ball and has seen how drastically things can change around him.
Knowing how guys react and what they do all play a role in how players play their positions. Luckily for Lindsey, he has already developed that with his new running mates.
"I played with (Jimmy) Swift the last two years and I have known Shawn (O'Malley) for a while now and (Roberto) Lopez for three years, so it's still all good," Lindsey said.
With Lindsey watching the end of the game from the dugout, the Bees' opening day infield were all off the field. If Lindsey's current trajectory continues, their reunion could be in front of tens of thousands with Angels across their chests.