Jared Walsh continues to be a pleasant surprise for Angels fans

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When the Los Angeles Angels gave first baseman/outfielder Jared Walsh his first extended majors opportunity in 2020, he was already 26 years old.

He managed to hit .293/.324/.646 with nine homers in 32 games that year, which raised some eyebrows and gave the Angels a good player to build their next playoff-caliber roster.

Then he had the chance to be a regular in 2021.

Although the Angels aren’t exactly a postseason team, Walsh didn’t disappoint with a .277/.340/.509 line, 29 home runs and 98 RBIs.

And even though he didn’t get off to the best start in 2022, he still shows he’s a dangerous producer, a producer the Angels should feel lucky to have on their roster.

“Jared Walsh has 8 RBIs in the last 24 hours,” The Athletic’s Angels reporter Sam Blum tweeted, along with a scoring single from Walsh’s bat.

His seventh-inning two-run homer wasn’t in the video, but we have it for you:

Walsh is starting to find his rhythm on the plate

He came on a nasty break-up ball from Tanner Houck, which goes to show that not all home runs are mis-pitch.

Walsh seems to be improving day by day.

After his performance on Thursday, he cuts .247/.302/.416 with four homers and a .718 OPS.

He’s starting to turn things around at home plate, but more importantly he’s been productive in the RBI department all season.

He could challenge the league lead by punching behind guys like Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon, three MVP candidates.

Quietly, Walsh is the perfect hitter to have near the middle of the lineup, as he’ll likely drive all of those guys away with his considerable power.

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