BANDY, JETT

Position: Catcher

DOB: March 26, 1990

Height: 6’4″ / Weight: 235

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Trade with Angels (December 13, 2016)

Profile: Acquired from the Angels in a 2016 trade that sent catcher Martin Maldonado and pitcher Drew Gagnon to Los Angeles, Bandy was originally a 31st round pick of the Angels in 2011. He saw most of his action come in the AZL after signing, getting limited games with three other affiliates as well. Bandy moved up to High-A Inland Empire in 2012 and spent 2013 and 2014 at Double-A Arkansas. He spent the 2015 season at Triple-A Salt Lake City before receiving a September call-up to join the Angels, then split 2016 between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Known primarily for his defense, Bandy has drawn praise for his ability to call games and handle a pitching staff and he has a plus arm that helps control the running game. At the plate, Bandy handles the bat okay for a catcher but isn’t a huge threat though he does generate occasional power which will suit him well in a backup role.

2011: After signing with the Angels following the draft, Bandy made his pro debut with their AZL affiliate in Tempe, hitting .307 with four home runs in 46 games. He caught one game for Triple-A Salt Lake City when they were in need of a backstop and also saw one game at Double-A Arkansas and two at Orem following the completion of the AZL season.

2012: The Angels aggressively promoted Bandy to High-A Inland Empire in 2012, opting to have him skip over both Orem and Low-A Cedar Rapids. He saw action in 94 California League games with Inland Empire and wound up hitting .247 with seven home runs.

2013: Bandy was promoted to Double-A Arkansas in 2013 and appeared in 78 games for the Travelers. He hit .241 with 17 doubles, two triples and four home runs and was named to the Texas League All-Star team.

2014: Returning to Arkansas for the 2014 season, Bandy saw action in 93 Texas League games. He posted an average of .250 while clubbing a career high 13 home runs and driving in 40 runs.

2015: Bandy made the jump to Triple-A in 2015 and spent most of the season with Salt Lake City in the Pacific Coast League. In 87 games there, he batted .291, hitting 11 home runs and was selected to the PCL’s All-Star squad before receiving a September call-up to Los Angeles, where he played in two games for the Angels.

2016: The Angels had Bandy return to Triple-A to start the 2016 season and he appeared in 24 more games for Salt Lake City, hitting .274 with a pair of home runs before re-joining the big league club in May. He wen on to play in 70 games for the Angels, hitting .234 while belting eight home runs.