TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels seem to be intent on cornering the sector on two-way gamers.
Shohei Ohtani won AL Rookie of the Year very last time as a pitcher and designated hitter. Now they are using a look at Jared Walsh, a blend remaining-handed reliever-initial baseman-outfielder.
”I’m just seeking to continue to keep it very simple,” stated Walsh, a non-roster invitee to the Angels’ camp. ”Just hit, just pitch and have pleasurable, be a baseball participant, really.”
Supervisor Brad Ausmus saw Walsh’s versatility firsthand very last time in a small league activity. Ausmus, then a particular assistant to Angels typical manager Billy Eppler, was viewing the Triple-A Salt Lake staff. Walsh commenced at initial base, then came in to get the ultimate out to close the activity, which was one particular of the remaining-hander’s four pitching appearances for the small league staff.
”I received blessed,” Walsh stated of his outing. ”I hung a curveball and the male popped it up to middle and didn’t hit it in the trees.”
He experienced commenced as a two-way participant in college or university at Georgia and the Angels talked to him in September about continuing his double responsibility this spring. Walsh jumped at the probability.
Ohtani, at the moment rehabbing from Tommy John medical procedures on his correct elbow, is a starter, when Walsh pitches in reduction so the workload will be distinctive.
”He’s a front-line starter and I am undoubtedly not that,” Walsh stated. ”I don’t have any blueprint per se since I have never ever carried out this ahead of. I assume the demands on him ended up much more taxing than me for positive.
”He’s the trendsetter,” Walsh stated. ”I’m just pursuing his direct.”
The plan, Ausmus stated, is to have Walsh pitch, perform initial base and get some work in the outfield as very well this spring.
”We truly feel he has a probability to do equally at the big league degree, primarily with the time he experienced offensively,” Ausmus stated. ”It’ll be a harmony and a very little simpler harmony since it truly is a reduction role, primarily in spring education exactly where all the things is sort of managed but he’s likely to do equally.”
Walsh batted .277 with 29 property operates and 99 RBIs at a few distinctive small league levels combined very last time, which includes a .270 typical at Salt Lake.
The two Ausmus and Walsh expect to see much more teams establish gamers who can multi-process.
”Not everybody is likely to be as very good as Ohtani,” Walsh stated, ”but if you can get value out of a participant who can do equally, I mean, he could possibly not be a Cy Younger award winner or a triple crown winner but at the identical time you happen to be obtaining value out of the participant. I unquestionably assume as extended as they can come up with a very good plan to continue to keep the gamers balanced, it truly is one thing we are going to see much more of in the potential.”
The Rays have small leaguer Brendan McKay, who arrived at the substantial Course A degree as a initial baseman and remaining-handed pitcher. Matt Davidson, now with the Rangers, also was looking at performing equally.
”Usually you communicate about versatility in phrases of enjoying a bunch of distinctive positions,” Ausmus stated. ”Now, if you can perform positions and pitch, now it truly is the greatest versatility.”
Walsh is keen to try.
”I don’t assume I am any sort of a trailblazer,” Walsh stated. ”I assume if you can get value out of a participant who can do a very little little bit of equally, why not give it a try?”
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