LA Angels: 3 overperforming position players in the first half
By Evan Desai
No. 2 LA Angels position player who has overperformed in the first half: Jared Walsh
Jared Walsh has been absolutely phenomenal for the LA Angels this year, and he better be an All-Star in 2021.
In the first half, Jared Walsh put up a line of .281/.343/.562 and smoked 20 home runs. At 59 RBI, he’s on pace for 108 by the end of the year.
He’s having a breakout year, and it’s awesome because he’s not even getting paid 600K this year to have this level of production.
He’s also great defensively, and covers a ton of ground over at first base.
He’s getting paid under 600 thousand dollars to have the second-highest hard-hit percentage on the roster at 39.8%.
He’s in the top four of AL first basemen in both slugging percentage and fWAR (2.1). His batting average places in the top five.
He’s second in fielding percentage among AL first basemen at .996, as he looks great on defense. He’s been so much better than what Pujols has been both with the Angels and with the Dodgers.
Walsh is also quick for a first basemen, which has helped out on defense in particular.