No. 2 LA Angels player that desperately needs to prove himself in 2022: Justin Upton
He’s been injured so much, and when we almost saw him revived this year, he got hurt again and was never the same.
Upton needs to prove himself for multiple reasons. One of the top reasons is that the Halos have other options at the positions he plays.
The Halos will likely be keeping Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh up in the Big Leagues, and Mike Trout will also be back from injury.
The Angels have had Upton practice at first, but Jared Walsh is a full-time first baseman. Upton can’t DH much–the Angels have the best DH in baseball. If Upton doesn’t perform, he won’t play, even with the money he’s being owed.
He could be traded–heck, he could possibly even be traded this offseason. And maybe most importantly for him, he won’t get a bag from anyone this offseason if he doesn’t show up.