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June Dust Devils Round-Up

Let's do something new: round up and talk about everything that happened during June for your Tri-City Dust Devils, High-A Affiliate of the LA Angels.

I recently checked in on June 12 with everything that happened during May and up to that point in the season. You can check that out by clicking here.

The first half of the High-A season ended on June 22 and saw the Dust Devils end in a 3-way tie with the Eugene Emeralds, Everett Aquasox for 2nd place in the Division behind the Vancouver Canadians, who will now be in the playoffs come season's end. In July, the Dust Devils sit in last place in the Division with a 2-4 record, as the team is off to a slow start.

The Roster aka The Boys in the Clubhouse

June 19 brought a flurry of roster moves for the team, including:

RHP Michael Darrell-Hicks being promoted from Low-A Inland Empire

  • The 25yo righty was signed to a minor league contract in 2022 and has pitched for Inland Empire since the signing. While playing in Inland, he managed a 5.08ERA over 262IP with 304K-131BB

  • The Debut at the High-A level saw him go 4.2IP, with 8K, 3BB, and 4ER, and earned him the L in the contest.

1B Matt Coutney being promoted from Low-A Inland Empire

  • Coutney was a 10th-round pick in the 2022 draft out of Old Dominion University. The 6'1" Coutney, according to his baseball reference profile, says he is 1B, C, and 3B, so he brings some versatility.

    • The C/3B comes from playing summer ball in 2017/2018 with the Edmonton Prospects. However, he has only been a 1B since being drafted.

  • He earned his promotion to High-A after playing in 57G at the Low-A level, where he hit 10HR, 41RBI, and 37BB-69K with a slash line of .277/.389/.456

  • Since the promotion to High-A, he has appeared in 9G, with 1HR, 3RBI, 15K-1BB, with a slash line of .286/.342/.400

LHP Dylan Phillips being promoted from Low-A Inland Empire

  • You might remember the 2022 8th-round pick with the squad last year, as he played in 10G with the club before being sent down to the ACL league for 11G before ending his season.

  • Phillips is a two-way prospect as he has appeared as a hitter and pitcher in several 18G this season, all out of the pen and playing in the field at 1B.

  • On the mound in 2023 with the 66ers, he pitched in 18G(all relief), 31IP, with a 3.77ERA with 45K-11BB, and gave up only 1HR. With the bat with the 66ers in 31G, he has 1HR, 3RBI, 14k-6BB with a slash line of .195/.298/.566

  • Since the call-up, he has yet to swing a bat at the plate; however, he has appeared in 3G. In 3.1IP, he has given up 7H, 6R, 5ER, 3BB, and 4K to give him a 13.50ERA.

RHP Jared Southard being promoted from Low-A Inland Empire

  • Southard is a name you might have heard in Angel's history. He was a 20th-round pick out of High school in the 2019 draft. He went to the University of Texas and was drafted in the 12th round of the 2022 draft.

  • During his time with the 66eres between 2022/2023, he appeared in 25G(All relief). In 33.2IP, he had a 5.08ERA while giving up 33H, 19ER, 3HR, and getting 35K-25K.

  • Since their Debut in High-A, he has appeared in 4G. In those games, he has 5.2IP with a 6.35ERA, 5H, 4ER, 1HR, 7K-2BB so far.

Photo by Tri-City Dust Devils

LHP Nick Jones promoted to AA Rocket City

  • Jones, an 8th-round pick in the 2021 draft, split time between AA and High-A in 2022.

  • After posting a 3.24ERA in 25IP, in 22G(all relief). Jones allowed 17H, 9ER, 1HR, 5BB-30K

  • Since the promotion to AA, Jones has pitched in 3G. In those games, he has 5IP with a 7.20ERA, 4ER, 2HR, 2BB-10K

RHP Nathan Burns promoted to AA Rocket City

  • Burns continues his chase of the dream after being a 19th-round pick in the 2021 draft.

  • Burns played for the Dust Devils in parts of 3 seasons('21-'23). In 50G played, he threw 52.1IP with a 3.44ERA, 37H, 20ER, 3HR, 29BB-66K.

  • Since the promotion to AA, he has appeared in 4G; he has thrown 3.1IP, with 9ER, 3HR, and 5BB-2K, to earn him a 24.30ERA.

1B Gabe Matthews promoted to AA Rocket City

  • Matthews, a 2021 UDFA, signed with the organization and split 2021 between Low-A Inland and AAA Salt Lake before landing with the Dust Devils for all of 2022 up to the promotion.

  • Matthews, in his time with the Dust Devils, played in 169G, in 709PA, had 131H, 21HR, 99RBI, 109BB-192K with a slash line of .230/.370/.406 for an OPS of .776. With the glove, he had a .991FLD% in 2022 and a .998% with the Dust Devils in 2023

  • Since the promotion, Matthews has appeared in 7G with 27PA. He has 3H, 1HR, 2RBI, 1SB, and 3BB-7K with a slash line of .143/.333/.286 with a .619OPS to start his AA career.

LHP Jose Salvador was released.

LHP Houston Harding was demoted from AA Rocket City to High-A Tri-City (This move happened on 6/21)

Around the Concourse:

First, the game times have changed for the remainder of the season, as all home games start at 7:05 pm. I must tell you some things about TC Dust Devil baseball in the summer. IT'S HOT, but the stadium is shaded and not too hot, but do bring your reusable water bottles, as you can fill these up at concession stands. Parking is only $5 cash; everything in the stadium is CASHLESS. However, you can get your cash exchanged for a gift card at the Information booth.

Don't forget in the bottom of the 5th, maybe 6th, you have Dusty's Dash, which you will want to have your kiddos line up for down in the Left Field Corner; after the game, stick around for player autographs on the first base side, and for the kids to run the bases on non-fireworks nights.

80's Night, Photo Taken by Ball Boy Media
Erik the Peanut Guy and Jey

June saw some excellent promotions come and go. The Rooster Tails completed their migration back to Gesa Stadium to kick off the month. The second true home series against the AquaSox brought up Hawaiian night, Rooster Tails hat giveaway, and some special pre-game catch on Father's Day. June ended with 80s night, and Marvel Defenders of the Diamond that featured some great jerseys.

The food has been so good this season. With the addition of Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, Mac N Cheese, and Teriyaki Chicken Bowls to go along with Pizza Hut, Little Orbits Donuts, The Fry Shack, the Grill Stand, Sno cones, Dip n Dots, and, of course, the delicious concessions stand, it's inevitable, you'll leave with a full stomach.

The Best Part?

By far, the best part of June was that we got EXTRA Dust Devil's baseball between June 7-11, as the Emeralds were the "home" team while PK Park and the Oregon Ducks were playing host to the College World Series super regionals. There were several perks, $5 tickets, true baseball fans, great conversation, no lines at the stands, quiet, just baseball, and it was super fun. There were some drawbacks: no Dusty's dash, no in-between-innings games, no Erik the Peanut guy on the mic; the stands were empty, and no Dusty was roaming around.

What's next?

The Dust Devils are home from the 1-3 vs. the Hillsboro Hops before taking off for a series at Eugene vs. the Emeralds from the 4th-9th. The Dust Devils return home for a 3-game set vs. the Spokane Indians post-All-Star break 14-16. Then the boy ends the month at home vs. the Hops from the 25-30th.

Fans, this is a reminder that our tickets will *NEVER* be more than $17 for any game. Why purchase tickets on third-party ticketing sites at overpriced rates when you can save your money ordering from

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