LA Angels: Full Break Down of Non-Roster Spring Training Invites
By Vincent Page
The LA Angels and the rest of the MLB world are gearing up for Spring Training, and the Halos announced 21 non-roster invites for their upcoming Spring Training.
While some LA Angels players are already working out in Tempe, pitchers and catchers do not officially report until February 12th, while the rest of the team is not due until the 17th. However, the Angels made public today 21 players who will be joining the squad despite not being on the 40-man roster. This list includes six pitchers, five catchers, three infielders, six outfielders, and um, one more player.
That player would be Jared Walsh, who will get a chance to be a two-way player for the Angels this Spring. The 25-year old reached Triple-A last season, and both pitched and played first base while attending the University of Georgia. While he has yet to get a start in the minor leagues, Walsh has made ten appearances and has looked exceptional, producing a 2.08 ERA thus far in his pitching career.
As a hitter, Walsh owns a slash line of .294/.360/.496 in 362 career minor league games. The talent is definitely there for the right fielder/first baseman to make it as a regular hitter in the big leagues, but his pitching potential is too high to not attempt to develop Walsh as a two-way player in a league where it is becoming more commonplace after Shohei Ohtani’s dominant rookie season.
Throughout this article, we’ll look at each invite and analyze what they bring to the table in 2019. As a reminder, these are players not currently on the Angels’ 40-man roster, so prospects such as Luis Rengifo and Jose Suarez will not be apart of this list.