Baseball America put some high praise on the Burlington Bees in the latest issue.

The magazine named the Bees as the most talented team in the Los Angeles Angels’ organization this season, mainly because of the team’s outfield.

Three of the four outfielders on the Bees’ roster are ranked among the Angels’ top 30 prospects by the magazine — Jo Adell (No. 1), Brandon Marsh (No. 5) and Torii Hunter Jr. (30). Add in Spencer Griffin, and manager Jack Howell has some pieces to work with, and he’s been doing that.

On a given night, any of the four outfielders could be in any position. Adell has played center field and right field. Marsh has played left field and right field. Hunter and Griffin have played all three outfield positions.

“It’s something special, the way we just come together,” Marsh said. “We’ve been playing together for a while, so we know each other pretty well.

“We have four very good outfielders in this clubhouse. We can all play every position. We hold each other accountable. We know what we can do.”

“We’re creating and trying to develop outfielders, not left fielders, right fielders and center fielders,” Howell said. “We want them to play all positions.

“It makes my job kind of fun, because I can mix them around. Especially with those four guys. Most of them are just as good in center field as they are in left or right. It makes my job easier, that’s for sure.”

It’s part of the organization’s philosophy, said Howell, who was the Angels’ field coordinator before coming to Burlington as a manager this season.

It’s something that also can be seen on the pitching staff, and Howell employs a similar type of rotation in the infield.

“It’s just like, we’re not developing closers here, we’re developing pitchers,” Howell said. “Infielders, there’s another rotation there. They should be able to play shortstop, make the turn at second base, and then go over to third if they had to.”

Howell said by the time an outfielder gets to Triple-A, he is likely going to be in one position since he’s getting close to being on the Angels’ major-league roster.

For now, it’s about seeing everything a player can and can’t do.

“From a developmental standpoint, it’s nice to see, because you might see a guy catch on at another position where, if you were only playing them in one position, you wouldn’t know what he would do in another spot,” Howell said. “This way, as you’re moving guys, you can see that, ‘Boy, he really takes on to left,’ or, ‘He loves throwing in right,’ or, ‘He seems to get better jumps in center.’ You can see those things when you’re moving them around. It’s better when I send reports into the front office, with the positions I see.

“I can’t speak for Triple-A, because it’s more scripted up there, and (a player) is getting ready to go maybe fill in at the big-league level. But definitely, at this lower level, I’m encouraged to move guys around.”

OFFENSE DOESN’T AFFECT DEFENSE

Howell is impressed with the maturity he is seeing in his team during some early adversity on offense.

The Bees were no-hit by three Beloit pitchers in Thursday’s 2-0 loss. They also had just one hit in the season-opening 4-2 defeat to Peoria.

Burlington, which has scored just 24 runs in seven games, ranks last in the 16-team Midwest League in hits, 15th in slugging percentage, tied for 14th in average and is 14th in OPS.

But the Bees have committed just four errors and they have given up a league-low 12 runs.

“I’ve said, and I’m going to continue to say, the pitching and defense have been tremendous,” Howell said. “The defense is … those guys are right on top of it.

“What I have been impressed with is the defense has continued to be good without hitting. They aren’t taking their offense out on to the defense. That, I’m really proud of.”

THE NUMBERS GAME

• Burlington's pitchers have a Midwest League-best 1.37 earned run average. The Bees also lead the league with three shutouts, and rank third in WHIP at 1.26.

• Every game in the Midwest League was postponed because of weather on Saturday. Only four of the 13 games scheduled for Sunday were played. Every team has an off day today.

• Marsh went 0-for-7 in the first two games of the season. He is on a four-game hitting streak since then, going 5-for-13 (.385).

• Infielder Julio Garcia, who had his three-game hitting streak snapped in Thursday’s no-hitter against Beloit, went 2-for-4 in Friday’s game against Quad Cities. Garcia is hitting .261.

• First baseman David MacKinnon leads the Bees in batting average (.286) and on-base percentage (.500).

TRANSACTION BUZZ

• Pitcher Simon Mathews is back with the Bees after being moved up to Triple-A Salt Lake City for the week.

Mathews picked up the win in Salt Lake City’s 14-1 win over El Paso on Tuesday. He pitched 2 ⅓ innings for the Bees in the season-opening loss to Peoria.

Mathews is in line to start Tuesday’s game at Clinton.

• Pitcher Jon Malmin was assigned to the Bees on Sunday after starting pitcher Keith Rogalla’s injury on Friday night.

Malmin was a 31st-round pick for the Angels in last year’s MLB draft. He was 4-1 last season with a 2.93 ERA at Orem and the Angels’ Arizona League team.

ALUMNI REPORT

• Pitcher Jaime Barria (2016) picked up his first MLB victory in the Angels’ 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Barria, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake City to make the start, allowed just one hit in five innings, walking three and striking out three.

• Pitcher John Lamb (2009), a former Royals prospect now with the Angels, has struck out seven in 6 ⅔ innings at Salt Lake City. Lamb, a left-hander, has made two starts.

• Infielder Roberto Baldoquin (2017) is hitting .500 at High-A Inland Empire. Baldoquin is 9-of-18, including three triples, and has a 1.415 OPS.

• Infielder Taylor Ward (2015) is hitting .500 at Double-A Mobile. Ward is 16-for-32 with a 1.266 OPS. He has scored eight runs.

• Third baseman Zach Houchins (2015) is hitting .440 with two home runs at Salt Lake City.

• Outfielder Michael Hermosillo (2015-16) is hitting .273 at Salt Lake City.

THE WEEK AHEAD

• At Clinton (6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday) — The LumberKings (5-3) are a lot like the Bees, with strong pitching and an offense that has struggled. Right fielder Ariel Sandoval leads the Midwest League with four home runs. Clinton has three of Seattle’s top 30 prospects — second baseman Joseph Rosa (No. 23), pitcher Oliver Jaskie (No. 25) and outfielder Greifer Andrade (29th).

• Quad Cities (11:30 a.m. Friday, 3 p.m. doubleheader Saturday, 2 p.m. doubleheader Sunday) — The Bees and River Bandits were supposed to play a three-game series over the weekend, but weather took care of two of those games that will be made up this weekend.

Quad Cities’ Jake Adams, the former Iowa slugger, is worth watching. Adams was 2-for-4 in Friday’s game, including a hard-hit double to right field.