Luis Jose Rengifo (wren-HE-foe)...Originally signed by Mariners scouts Tim Kissner, Emilio Sarrasquel and Illich Salazar.
Saw first big league action across three different stints with the Angels...After beginning the season with Triple-A Salt Lake, was recalled April 25 and made Major League debut that day, starting at second base...Singled in second at-bat off Masahiro Tanaka for first big league hit...Notched first home run June 2nd in Seattle...His seven home runs were the most by a rookie Halo middle infielder since Adam Kennedy's nine in 2000...According to FanGraphs.com, logged three defensive runs saved, tied for second on the team with David Fletcher (min. 250 inn.)...With the Bees, averaged a home run once every 22 at-bats.
Acquired by the Angels from Tampa Bay as the Player to Be Named Later on March 20, 2018...Went on to appear at three different levels of the minor league system, batting a combined .299 (150/502) with 30 doubles, 13 triples, seven home runs, 64 RBI and 41 stolen bases...The 41 steals paced all Angels farmhands while the .299 clip ranked fourth...Began season with Single-A Inland Empire before being promoted to Double-A Mobile May 22nd...Was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake July 12 and finished the season with the Bees...Played a majority of games in Triple-A at second base, appearing in 31 at second base compared to 16 at shortstop... Tabbed as the Angels organizational Player of the Month in May and June...Named MiLB.com's Southern League Player of the Month for June after batting .351 (33/94) with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.001 OPS in 25 June games with Double-A Mobile...Received the organization's Defender of the Month
award for August...Following the season, recognized by MiLB.com as an Angels Organizational All-Star... According to Baseball America, enters the season as the Angels #6 prospect as well as the Best Hitter for Average and Best Strike-Zone Discipline...Ranked by MLB.com as the franchise's #10 prospect.