Of the three players highlighted in this article, Jared Walsh has seen the most playing time in the majors this year. The two-way player has been a fascination for Halo fans all season long, and it’s extremely likely they get a final dose of him in September.
He has been overall underwhelming in his limited playing time with the Angels. However, in AAA, he has set the season record for home runs by a left-handed hitter. While there’s an insane power boost in the PCL, the player he beat out was none other than Boston legend David Ortiz. That’s no small feat, and it lends to the idea that maybe all Jared Walsh needs to succeed in the MLB is regular playing time.
Well, the first baseman/corner outfielder could find just that in September. He’s almost guaranteed a roster spot due to his pitching (the Angels need every arm they can get), but the real focus will be on his swing. Overall it’s a powerful swing, but it looks like it may need some retooling over the offseason.
As for his pitching, it’s not likely Walsh is ever a regular big league reliever. While his 2.08 ERA in four career appearances is a good start, he has yet to be used in a high leverage spot. There’s also his control issues (Walsh has walked five batters while striking out four in 4.1 career innings).
So while there are obvious kinks to work out in both sides of Walsh’s game, he also needs more major league experience before the offseason so the Angels can see how problematic they really are.
September will be the perfect time for doing just that, and finding out just how special of a talent Jared Walsh really is.