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Salt Lake Bees' top all-time hitter Efren Navarro called up to Angels

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 1:54 a.m. MDT

Efren Navarro of Salt Lake scores against Manny Pina of Omaha in Game 4 of the PCL baseball championship series in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Efren Navarro of Salt Lake scores against Manny Pina of Omaha in Game 4 of the PCL baseball championship series in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Salt Lake Bees first baseman/outfielder Efren Navarro has been promoted to the Los Angeles Angels and appeared in the Angels’ lineup at Toronto this weekend, the Bees announced Friday afternoon.

Navarro made an immediate impact in his season debut, doubling twice in his first two at-bats at Toronto, and scoring a run.

Navarro has 518 career hits in Salt Lake and 118 doubles — both team career records. He also received a minor league Gold Glove Award in 2011.

The first baseman was batting .315 on the season, with eight doubles and 14 RBIs. The left-handed batter was also hitting .351 against right-handed pitching.

Navarro’s promotion comes on the heels of Grant Green, C.J. Cron and Cory Rasmus’ promotion to the big leagues over the past week. Luis Jimenez was also called up last week, but was reassigned to the Bees on Monday.

The Bees' Efren Navarro stretches out making a catch deep in right field as the Salt Lake Bees and the Las Vegas 51s play Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Salt Lake City at Smith's Ballpark. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) The Bees' Efren Navarro stretches out making a catch deep in right field as the Salt Lake Bees and the Las Vegas 51s play Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in Salt Lake City at Smith's Ballpark. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Navarro has made 18 plate appearances in the majors between the 2011 and 2013 seasons. He has collected three hits and one RBI in that span.

To make room for Navarro on the roster, the Angels optioned pitcher Nick Maronde to Salt Lake and designated pitcher Buddy Boshers for assignment.

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