Brandon Marsh is the youngest projected Angels starter next year. He is 24 years old and has yet to have significant time in the major leagues. He is projected to be the starting center fielder this season. This is because Mike Trout might take over left field to save his legs and limit the chances of injury.
Marsh Before the Majors
Brandon Marsh was drafted in 2016 by the Angels in the second round with the 60th overall pick. Since being drafted he has steadily climbed through the minor league system making a stop at each level for a year.
His best full season in the minors was in 2018 with the double-A affiliate the Mobile Bears. He had a batting average of .300 with seven home runs, 45 runs batted in, and 19 stolen bases in the 96 games he played. Due to the pandemic, Marsh did not play a game in 2020, but his stats gave him the chance to play for their Triple-A affiliate, Salt Lake Bees, at the beginning of the 2021 season. With the Salt Lake Bears, he played 24 games and batted .255. Marsh also had three home runs, eight runs- batted in, and two stolen bases.
He got his chance in the majors in July of the 2021 season. He started in centerfield and played in 70 games with the club. In those 70 games, he had a .254 batting average, two home runs, 19 runs batted in, and six stolen bases. The 70 games Marsh played showed that he can be a valuable offensive piece for the Angels.
Defensively he was also stout in the outfield. In his 156 chances, he had 154 put-outs with one assist and one error. His fielding percentage was .994 solid for an outfielder. Marsh’s potential in the outfield will be exciting to see as he makes his transition to the full-time centerfielder for the team.
What Is Marsh’s Potential?
Getting a full season under his belt will help Marsh’s offensive numbers. Not having a full year in triple-A because of the pandemic could have been a factor in the down numbers. But, he proved in the minors that he can be a solid piece in the lineup. He demonstrated that he could be a bat that can hit for average which is something hard to come by in baseball in this day in age. Defensively if he just keeps doing what he is doing he will be a valuable piece to this team.
The best player to compare Marsh to is Brett Gardner early in his career with the Yankees. Gardner’s rookie year, he played 42 games and had a batting average of .228 with zero home runs and 16 runs batted in. As Gardner got more games his statistics went along with gaining more confidence in his game. With the potential Marsh, it would be a great addition to the lineup if he can have a similar career that Gardner did.
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