Today, the Los Angeles Angels bolster their outfield depth by acquiring Jabari Blash from the New York Yankees for a player to be named later or cash, which was announced by the Angels.
To make room for Blash, the Angels moved Alex Meyer to the 60-day disabled list. Meyer was not going to appear this year, as he is recovering from shoulder surgery from last September.
The 28-year old outfielder was designated by the New York Yankees after they acquired Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Now, the former San Diego Padre has not displayed good numbers at the MLB level. He has produced a .200 batting average in 235 at-bats (99 games) and drove in 21 RBIs, plus collecting eight homers.
This past season, he logged a career-high 195 plate appearances with the Padres this past season, hitting .213/.333/.341 with five homers and 16 RBIs.
However, he has a successful batting line at the Triple-A level. Those numbers include a .258 batting average and drilling 65 homers in 235 games.
Blash has also displayed strong on-base skills down at Triple-A.
From a defensive standpoint, he is only a corner outfielder that makes the routine plays. Has an underrated arm.
Finally, Blash will need to have a great camp to make the Angels team, as they just signed veteran outfielder Chris Young to a one-year deal. Young will most likely get the fourth outfielder job.
Note: Blash has two minor league options available, which gives the Angels some flexibility. Giving Blash at-bats in Triple-A could potentially help him get over the top and have a chance on showing the Angels that he can become a major leaguer. He has enticing potential with the bat.