MINNEAPOLIS — Jared Walsh made a very auspicious major league debut after being promoted from Triple-A by the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
The Peachtree Ridge grad went 3-for-5 at the plate in the Angels’ 8-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Selected by the next-to-last pick in the 2015 Major League Player First-Year Player Draft, the former Lions and Georgia star got his first major league experience after four years in the minors, including hitting .302 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 26 RBIs and 19 walks this year at Triple-A Salt Lake City.
“I think it always kind of catches you by surprise, especially not being on the 40-man roster,” Walsh told the Los Angeles Times. “Just wanted to play my game. I'd hoped I'd get the opportunity, and I'm very grateful for that.”
Walsh is expected to serve as a back-up first baseman and outfielder for now, though he has also developed into a two-way player by pitching, accumulating a 1-0 record with one save, a 3.60 ERA and four strikeouts in five innings through five relief appearances this season while in Salt Lake City.
However, Angels manager Brad Ausmus told the Los Angeles Times that the left-hander would only pitch in a mop-up role for the Angels, at least in the early going.