Last week, Eppler said the Angels had moved Taylor Ward, their first-round pick in 2015, from catcher to third base.The Jones moves comes less than a month after he shot down speculation of a position move.When a representative from a glove company was at Angels camp in early March, Jones got a second baseman’s glove. That news spread via social media, prompting Jones to explain that it was something he was doing on his own. Jones, 20, said at that time that no one in the organization had suggested the switch to him. He acknowledged that he was open to anything, though.“You never know how the game is changing,” he said last month. “You could be playing one position day and another position another day. I’m in big league camp as an outfielder. That’s what I’m focusing on now.”Jones will be joined on the Inland Empire squad by Griffin Canning, the right-hander from Santa Margarita High selected out of UCLA in the second round last year. Canning did not pitch at all in the Angels system last year, because the Angels believed he’d thrown enough innings during the college season. Outfielders Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, two of the top prospects in the system, will both start at Burlington, Iowa, in the low-A Midwest League. Torii Hunter Jr. is also on the Burlington roster.Right-handers Jesus Castillo and Jake Jewell, first baseman Matt Thaiss and Ward highlight the roster at Double-A Mobile.The best prospects at Triple-A are right-hander Jaime Barria and infielder David Fletcher. Otherwise, the Salt Lake City roster includes many players who have been in the big leagues, such as pitchers Parker Bridwell and Nick Tropeano, infielders Chris Carter and Ryan Schimpf and outfielders Eric Young Jr. and Rymer Liriano.Kevin Maitan, the top prospect the Angels signed over the winter, has not yet been assigned. The 18-year-old infielder is likely to be on the roster of one of the short-season teams that begin their season in June. ANAHEIM — Another top Angels prospect is moving to a new position.When the Angels released their minor league rosters on Monday, Jahmai Jones was listed as an infielder for Class-A Inland Empire.Jones, generally considered one of the organization’s top five prospects, had been an outfielder. Some scouts, though, wondered about his future in the outfield, because his defense wasn’t good enough for center field and he didn’t have the power for the corners. Jones’ strengths are his hitting and speed.“The strength of his profile tools and his history of playing there in high school give us confidence that he can handle the transition,” General Manager Billy Eppler said via text on Monday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Linking extreme interannual changes in prey availability to foraging behaviour and breeding investment in a marine predator, the macaroni penguin
Understanding the mechanisms that link prey availability to predator behaviour and population change is central to projecting how a species may respond to future environmental pressures. We documented the behavioural responses and breeding investment of macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus across five breeding seasons where local prey density changed by five-fold; from very low to highly abundant. When prey availability was low, foraging trips were significantly longer and extended overnight. Birds also foraged farther from the colony, potentially in order to reach more distant foraging grounds and allow for increased search times. These extended foraging trips were also linked to a marked decrease in fledgling weights, most likely associated with reduced rates of provisioning. Furthermore, by comparing our results with previous work on this population, it appears that lowered first-year survival rates associated, at least partially, with fledging masses were also evident for this cohort. This study integrates a unique set of prey density, predator behaviour and predator breeding investment data to highlight a possible behavioural mechanism linking perturbations in prey availability to population demography.