Jared James Walsh...On Twitter: @Walshey21..Participated in multiple digital hospital visits with patients at Children’s Hospital of Orange County and Miller’s Children’s Hospital during the 2020 offseason...Played college baseball at the University of Georgia where he was a communications studies major...During senior season, led SEC in opponent batting average (.185) and ranked third in ERA (2.60), while also batting .306 with 19 extra-base hits and 22 RBI...Underwent Tommy John surgery during summer before freshman year of college...Attended Peachtree Ridge HS (GA)…Named Region 7-AAAAA Player of the Year and led school to first-ever playoff appearance...Earned All-Gwinnett County and Gwinnett Dugout Club First Team honors...Favorite athlete growing up was Hines Ward and favorite movie was Goodfellas...Originally signed by Angels scout Todd Hogan.
Selected to first career All-Star Game during third big league season with the Angels...29 home runs ranked second on the Club, trailing only Shohei Ohtani (46 HR)...Spent the entire year at the Major League level for the first time in career...For the third consecutive season, improved in nearly every offensive category, including hits, runs, games, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks and OBP...The 34 doubles were the most by a Halo since Andrelton Simmons in 2017 (38 2B) and were the most by an Angel first baseman since Albert Pujols in 2014 (37 2B)…Improved walk rate from 4.6% in 2020 to 8.2%...Raised BABIP nearly 80 points...Was one of three first basemen and the only in the A.L. to hit .275 with 25 home runs and 30 doubles: Paul Goldschmidt and C.J. Cron...98 RBI ranked fifth in the Majors (fourth in A.L.) by a first baseman...In first All-Star Game, went 0-for-2, but made a bases-loaded sliding catch in left field to end the 8th inning to preserve the lead for the A.L...Prior to the game, hadn’t played in left field since 2018 with Triple-A Salt Lake...Was the first Angels first baseman named an All-Star since Albert Pujols in 2015...Hit game-tying grand slam in ninth inning June 30 at Yankees...Club entered the bottom of the 9th trailing 8-4 and would end up winning the game 11-8...Set a career high with five RBI and matched a career best with two home runs...Picked up first two of three walk off hits for the Angels: April 4 vs. the White Sox (home run) and July 2 vs. Baltimore (single).
In two stints with the Angels, improved in nearly every offensive category compare to rookie campaign including, average, hits, runs, triples, home runs, RBI, slugging and OBP...Among A.L. rookies, finished tied for second in home runs, tied for third in RBI, sixth in OPS (.971) and ninth in runs scored...Finished seventh in the American League Rookie of the Year voting...Also voted to Baseball Digest’s 2020 MLB Rookie All-Star Team at first base...After going hitless in his first 10 plate appearances of the season, was optioned to the Club’s Alternate Training Site in Long Beach, CA...Recalled Aug. 28 and went on to hit .326 (29/89) with four doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 26 RBI...Tabbed as September’s American League Rookie of the Month after posting a a .337/.368/.744 slash line... Ranked among the American League September leaders in OPS (1.113; 2nd), RBI (2nd) and home runs (3rd)…His nine September home runs were tied for third most all-time in franchise history trailing only Mo Vaugh (11 in 1999) and Vlad Guerrero (11 in 2004)…Homered in four straight games Sept. 8-12, marking 18th such streak in Club history...Had an RBI and scored a run in nine consecutive games (Sept. 6-17), the longest such streak in Major League history by a rookie since the RBI became an official stat in 1920…Became the ninth player in A.L. history with an RBI and run scored in nine straight games, joining Rudy York (12 straight games), Ted Williams (11), Lou Gehrig (10), David Ortiz (9), Don Mattingly (9), Rocky Colavito (9) and Joe DiMaggio (9).
Two-way player split season between Triple-A Salt Lake and the Angels...Saw action over five different stints with the Halos...Initially had contract selected from Salt Lake May 15th and made Major League debut that afternoon...Went 3-for-5 in debut, starting the game at first base...Connected for first career big league homer Sept. 9th, a pinch-hit homer in the 8th…Was the second Angel with a pinch-hit homer in 2019...Made five pitching appearances at the big league level going 0-0, 1.80 ERA (5.0 IP – 1 ER) with five strikeouts...Limited opposing hitters to a .176 BAA...Finished the minor league season batting .325 (124/382) with 36 home runs and 86 RBI…The 36 homers ranked third in the Pacific Coast League and tied the Bees’ franchise record (Mark Trumbo, 36 HR in 2010)...Were the most all-time by a left-handed hitter in club annals...His .686 slugging percentage was the third-best by a Triple-A player while his 1.110 OPS ranked fifth...Also made 13 outings as a pitcher for Salt Lake, going 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA (13 IP – 6 ER), nine strikeouts and five walks.