Orem Owlz

Orem Owlz
Founded in 2001
Orem, Utah
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
Current Advanced-Rookie (2001–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Pioneer League (2001–present)
Division South Division
Major league affiliations
Current Los Angeles Angels (2001–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (5)
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2009
  • 2016
Division titles (8)
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011
Team data
Nickname Orem Owlz (2005–present)
Previous names
Provo Angels (2001–2004)
Ballpark Home of the Owlz (2005–present)
Previous parks
Larry H. Miller Field (2001–2004)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Jeff Katofsky
Manager Dave Stapleton
General Manager Rick Berry

The Orem Owlz are a minor league baseball farm team affiliated with the Los Angeles Angels baseball franchise. The team plays in Orem, Utah, at Home of the Owlz, on the campus of Utah Valley University. The Owlz are one of two Pioneer League teams in Utah, the other being the Ogden Raptors.

History

Formerly the Provo Angels from 2001 through 2004, the team changed ownership after the 2004 season and moved from Provo to a new stadium in neighboring Orem.[1] While retaining its affiliation with the Angels major league club, the team introduced a new name and logo at the time of their move. The Owlz also introduced a new mascot named Hootz, a red owl with a head in the shape of a large baseball. Hootz was married in 2009 in an on-field ceremony to Holly, a female owl. According to team lore, the two Mascot Owlz live in an abandoned oak tree that is graciously offered by a Orem host family.

The Owlz play in the Pioneer League, which is a Rookie League with an abbreviated schedule (short-season). The team has won five Pioneer League titles; one while in Provo (2004),[2] and four while in Orem (2005, 2007, 2009, and 2016). With its championship victory in 2016, the Orem Owlz became the quickest franchise in Pioneer League history to win five championships, doing so in just 17 years. The team has also finished first in the South Division of the Pioneer League eight times.

The team is prominently mentioned in the book Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit, a memoir recounting the author's one season playing for the Provo Angels.

Team owner Jeff Katofsky planned to relocate the team to Pueblo, Colorado, in 2020, where they would be known as the Pueblo Owlz,[3] but the plan was abandoned due to financial concerns by the city of Pueblo.[4]

Playoffs

  • 2017: Lost to Ogden 2-0 in semifinals.
  • 2016: Defeated Ogden 2-1 in semifinals; defeated Billings 2-0 to win championship.
  • 2015: Lost to Idaho Falls 2-1 in semifinals.
  • 2014: Defeated Ogden 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Billings 2-0 in finals.
  • 2011: Lost to Ogden 2-1 in semifinals.
  • 2010: Lost to Ogden 2-1 in semifinals.
  • 2009: Defeated Ogden 2-0 in semifinals; defeated Missoula 2-1 to win championship.
  • 2008: Lost to Great Falls 2-1 in finals.
  • 2007: Defeated Great Falls 2-0 to win championship.
  • 2005: Defeated Helena 2-0 to win championship.
  • 2004: Defeated Billings 2-0 to win championship.
  • 2003: Lost to Billings 2-0 in finals.
  • 2002: Lost to Great Falls 2-1 in finals.
  • 2001: Lost to Billings 2-0 in finals.

Roster

Orem Owlz roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 20 Cole Duensing
  • 35 Luke Lind
  • 24 Cristopher Molina
  • -- Johnny Morell
  • 26 Mayky Perez
  • -- Jose Soriano

Catchers

  • -- Alexis Olmeda

Infielders

  • 12 Manuel Guzman
  • -- Kevin Maitan
  • 33 Angel Molina

Outfielders

  •  7 Cam Williams

Manager

Coaches

  • -- Tyler Anderson (Pitching)
  • 38 Manny Del Campo (Hitting)
  • -- Danny Ortega (hiting)
  • -- Michael Wuertz (Pitching)


7-day disabled list
* On Los Angeles Angels 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated April 30, 2018
Transactions
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Los Angeles Angels minor league players

All-stars

Players with MLB experience

Players are listed by the season(s) they played for the Provo Angels (2001–2004) or Orem Owlz (2005–present).

There are two different pitchers named "Austin Adams" who have played for the Owlz and have MLB experience; Austin Adams born in 1986 and Austin Adams born in 1991.

See also

  • Orem Owlz players
  • Provo Angels players

References

  1. http://universe.byu.edu/2004/12/06/orem-owlz-replace-provo-angels/
  2. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595091227/Angels-on-high--Pioneer-League-crown-is-Provos-first-in-4-tries.html
  3. "Minor League Baseball team owner to move club to Colorado". ESPN. June 21, 2018. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  4. Speddon, Zach (July 24, 2018). "Pueblo County Pulls Plug on Ballpark Project". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. 1 2 "All-Star Teams 2000-today". milb.com. Retrieved August 16, 2017.
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