Jared Walsh

Jared Walsh

29-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Los Angeles Angels
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 3/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Walsh had a strong first full season in the majors in 2021 with 29 homers, 98 RBI and an .849 OPS, but he cratered last year and posted a .215/.269/.374 slash line. He also required surgery to address thoracic outlet syndrome and missed the final month of the season, though it's unclear how much the injury affected his 2022 production. The first baseman's strikeout rate spiked to 30.4 percent, while his walk rate fell to 6.0 percent. Pitchers attacked the strikezone more against him last year, and his contact rate dropped more than two percentage points. He was expected to provide some lineup protection for Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani but instead regressed significantly. Walsh is a strong rebound candidate in 2023 but comes with significant risk for fantasy managers after his poor production last year, so he shouldn't be counted on as more than a depth option, albeit with a higher ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Angels in May of 2019.
Undergoes surgery
1BLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
September 2, 2022
Walsh recently underwent surgery to address his thoracic outlet syndrome, Sarah Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Walsh was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome late last week, and his move to the 60-day injured list officially ended his season. The team's medical staff wasn't sure whether the 29-year-old would require surgery, but he ultimately underwent a procedure recently. However, Walsh expects to be ready to return in time for spring training in 2023.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
38
26
8
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
8
9
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+44%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+76%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .596 346 22 14 47 2 .196 .234 .362
Since 2020vs Right .858 789 106 38 118 2 .281 .345 .513
2022vs Left .591 118 6 3 11 1 .200 .254 .336
2022vs Right .660 336 35 12 33 1 .220 .274 .387
2021vs Left .565 192 13 10 30 1 .170 .208 .357
2021vs Right .994 393 57 19 68 1 .333 .405 .589
2020vs Left .776 36 3 1 6 0 .324 .306 .471
2020vs Right 1.109 60 14 7 17 0 .296 .350 .759
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .772 581 66 27 91 1 .260 .303 .469
Since 2020Away .786 542 62 25 74 3 .248 .319 .467
2022Home .632 233 20 8 22 0 .216 .253 .378
2022Away .653 221 21 7 22 2 .214 .285 .368
2021Home .857 291 35 15 55 1 .290 .340 .517
2021Away .842 294 35 14 43 1 .264 .340 .502
2020Home .924 57 11 4 14 0 .294 .316 .608
2020Away 1.255 27 6 4 9 0 .346 .370 .885
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Stat Review
How does Jared Walsh compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
5.9%
 
K Rate
30.4%
 
BABIP
.281
 
ISO
.158
 
AVG
.215
 
OBP
.269
 
SLG
.374
 
OPS
.642
 
wOBA
.280
 
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.7%
 
Barrels/PA
5.9%
 
Expected BA
.221
 
Expected SLG
.368
 
Sprint Speed
21.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
45.4%
 
Line Drive %
18.1%
 
Fly Ball %
36.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
2020
Walsh had his coming-out party in 2020 with nine homers in 32 games. He kept the power production going into 2021, but how he got to those stats changed quite a bit. His strikeout rate nearly doubled from 13.9% to 26.0%. The 26% is more in line with his minor-league numbers. He was able to maintain a similar batting average (.293 vs. .277) by raising his BABIP from .256 to .335. While he's an acceptable hitter, it would be nice if he could lower his 48.3 GB% and thereby generate a few more home runs (see Vlad Jr.). Walsh is a nice fall-back option at first base. He may not have the 50-homer upside of some other first basemen, but his batting average (.271 for his career) is not a drag.
Walsh struggled out of the gate last season, going 0-for-10 before an Aug. 3 demotion to alternate camp. Upon returning to the big club nearly four weeks later, the first baseman opened eyes around the league -- and in fantasy circles -- with a dominant finish during which he slashed .326/.357/.719 with nine home runs in 98 PA. Walsh's much-hyped power was on full display as he led all big-league hitters who logged at least 100 PA with an overall .354 ISO and ranked second with a .646 SLG. What's more, he was rarely fooled at the plate, posting a superb 13.9 K%. A glance at Walsh's minor-league stats suggests that the contact numbers are likely to regress, but the power is legitimate. He'll have to cede the occasional start to Albert Pujols for one more season, but Walsh could be a draft-day steal if he's able to carry his September magic into 2021.
Shohei Ohtani is not the only slugger in the Angels organization to double as a pitcher. Walsh has shown legitimate potential as a lefty reliever over the past two seasons, compiling a 3.38 ERA and 7.7 K/9 in 18.2 innings at three minor-league levels and holding his own in five major-league innings in 2019. Walsh's ability to pitch is a unique twist to his status as a power-hitting first-base prospect. Since 2018, he has racked up 65 home runs and 185 RBI while batting .298 in the minors. Though he struggled to make contact (40.2 K%, 68.8 Contact%) during his first taste of the big leagues last season, Walsh did flash power with a 54.5% hard-hit rate and 91.3 mph average exit velocity. Walsh is likely to be a platoon player in 2020 with Albert Pujols still in the picture, but if he is able to reduce his strikeout rate and utilize his raw power, he could force his way into more playing time.
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Officially done for season
1BLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
August 25, 2022
The Angels transferred Walsh (thoracic outlet syndrome) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Thursday.
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Set for re-evaluation next week
1BLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
August 25, 2022
Angels head athletic trainer Mike Frostad said that Walsh, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, will be re-evaluated next week, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Out with thoracic outlet syndrome
1BLos Angeles Angels
Shoulder
August 25, 2022
The Angels placed Walsh on the 10-day injured list Thursday after he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.
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Sitting again Thursday
1BLos Angeles Angels
August 25, 2022
Walsh is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Rays, Erica Weston of Bally Sports West reports.
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Gets breather Wednesday
1BLos Angeles Angels
August 24, 2022
Walsh isn't starting Wednesday against the Rays, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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