Can Colin Walsh Make the Roster for the LA Angels?
By Vincent Page
The LA Angels have not won many games in Spring Training. However, they have seen a few diamonds in the rough so far. The biggest gem could be Colin Walsh.
Colin Walsh may finally be making things happen with the LA Angels. The 28-year old Palo Alto native has spent nearly all of his career in the minor leagues. What he has spent in the major leagues has been filled with underwhelming performance. However, everything may finally be turning around for him.
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After signing with the Angels in November, he was seen as a long shot to be the backup infielder for the Halos this season. Walsh primarily plays second base, but can also shift to third base and even outfield if needed. Versatility and the ability to play multiple positions has been desired by Billy Eppler this offseason, and is a theme of sorts for the Halos.
Walsh also hits from both sides of the plate, another facet of his game that Eppler often seeks. He definitely fits the bill of what the Halos are looking for in their bench pieces, the only question was whether he could produce enough to handle the role.
If he plays this season anything like he has played in Spring Training, then Walsh will run away with the bench job. So far in 11 games this spring, Walsh has hit .381 with a 1.244 ob-base plus slugging percentage. He also leads the Halos with three home runs.
Walsh does have competition for the spot. Nolan Fontana and Kaleb Cowart both saw time with the big league club in 2017. They also each showed some level of success in their time with the major league team.
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For Walsh to make the roster, he will have to continue to play like this throughout Spring Training. However, with his competition not playing as well as him, Walsh may just be the favorite to earn the role to start the 2018 season in Anaheim.