Matt Long, who had a breakout season with the 66ers, got the call after Friday’s game that he was promoted to Double-A Arkansas.
Long hit .301 with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in 121 games. He has been so consistent that his average has been between .300 and .310 after every game since July 17.
He did not enter the season as one of the Angels’ top-30 prospects, but should be next year.
In his place, the Sixers are getting Travis Witherspoon, the Angels’ No. 21 prospect. Witherspoon hit just .245 in 102 games for low Single-A Cedar Rapids, but had 12 home runs, 44 stolen bases, just three errors and was hitting .284 in the second half.
Witherspoon will play center field and bat leadoff, for the Sixers, who are 8 1/2 games up on a playoff spot.