Angels call up two-way player Jared Walsh

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The Los Angeles Angels have purchased the contract of an interesting player from their Triple-A affiliate. His name is Jared Walsh and he’s both a first baseman and a lefty reliever.

Walsh, 25, was batting .302/.398/.604 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI over 37 games for the Salt Lake Bees. He also had a 3.60 ERA in five relief appearances. The pitching has been a bit more of an experiment for Walsh over the years — he’s made only 15 appearances on the mound in three seasons while taking 1,472 trips to the plate — but it’s a fun little wrinkle in his game.

It’s expected that Walsh will platoon at first base with Albert Pujols for the most part, but don’t be shocked to see him come out of the pen on occasion. Maybe in blowouts. As for his debut: he’s starting at first base and batting eighth this afternoon against the Twins.