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Which LA Angels' RBI leaders from last season will repeat in 2022?

By Kurt Mensching
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) hits
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) hits / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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LA Angels' Jared Walsh had 98 RBI. / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

LA Angels' 2021 RBI leaders: Jared Walsh -- 98 RBI

2021 marked the first full season of baseball for Angels first baseman Jared Walsh -- and he did not disappoint. The (now) 28-year-old hit .277 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI. He slugged .590.

Oh, and he had a great glove too.

Walsh was all over the lineup, but spent 98 games in either the fourth or fifth spots, giving him a little more opportunity to drive in runs. That likely accounts for why 69 of his 98 driven in were others.

Walsh was at his best early in the season, before Trout was injured generally, and then during the final month. He cratered a bit in July, but other than that could still be seen as a pretty productive hitter overall, posting OPS of about .800 or better most other months.

How many RBI will Jared Walsh have in 2022?

Marcel, again, is on the low end here predicting 80 RBI. Again, we can probably rule out Marcel.

Steamer, again, just sort of pushes last year's stats forward a little bit. If everything is about the same as last year, everything will be about the same in 2022, it seems to say. There's an argument to be made for that, with Walsh reaching his prime years. He's probably not going to take a step back as a hitter right now, as long as he is in the lineup.

ZiPs sees Walsh driving in even more runs than Ohtani, with 104 RBI. Again, he's in the prime of his career so you can make a good argument for that.

About the only mitigating factor is the return of Mike Trout. If he's healthy and playing most days, there's a chance Trout will take some of the RBI opportunities off the board for Walsh.

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