The Tampa Bay Rays traded OF Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for RHP Kevin Jepsen today. Both players are former Midwest Leaguers.
Joyce batted .254 with 9 HR and 52 RBI in 140 games with the Rays this year. As a Detroit Tigers prospect in 2006, he batted .258 with 11 HR and 86 RBI in 122 games with the West Michigan Whitecaps.
Jepsen went 0-2 with a 2.63 ERA, two saves and 75 strikeouts in 65 IP for the Angels this year. He spent two seasons with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, going 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 51 IP (10 starts) for the 2003 Kernels, and 8-10 with a 3.43 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 144.1 IP (27 starts) for the 2004 Kernels.