BOSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels promoted highly touted shortstop Zach Neto from Double-A before Saturday’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The 22-year-old is the club’s first-round pick from the 2022 draft. He’ll be starting and batting eighth on Saturday, and is expected to get the bulk of the playing time at shortstop.
Neto hit a combined .322 with eight homers and 37 RBIs over 44 games overall in the minors, including .444 with three homers and 10 RBIs in seven games at Double-A Rocket City this season.
The Angels sent infielder David Fletcher to Triple-A to make room for Neto on the roster. Fletcher signed a $26 million, five-year contract before the 2021 season. Fletcher was 2 for 16 in eight games this season.
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