Per Ken Rosenthal, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. The 24-year-old outfielder is in his second season at the major league level. Furthermore, he is under team control for the 2023 and ’’24campaigns and will be eligible for arbitration in 2025. The earliest that he will become a free agent is 2028. HHe’sslashing .226/.284/.353 this season with an OPS of .637 and an OPS+ of 80. In return, the Phillies send Double-A catcher Logan O’Hoppeto to Los Angeles. Regarding impact, Marsh provides a deeper bench and another outfielder for Philadelphia.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022
The Angels selected Brandon Marsh in the second round of the 2016 Draft. Then, he began his professional career with the Orem Owlz in Rookie League. Not only did he terrorize opposing pitchers, but also, in his first 39 professional contests, he slashed .350/.396./548 with an OPS of .944. Additionally, he had 62 hits, and 13 doubles with 47 runs scored. Seeing the potential, the Angels promoted him to the Single-A Burlington Bees. In 2018, between Burlington and the Single-A Advanced Inland Empire 66ers, Marsh fell off a bit. He played longer, and some of his offensive holes began to show. He slashed .266./359/.408 with a .767 OPS.
Over the last three seasons, Marsh elevated his game a bit. He raised his average to the high .280 range and consistently kept it. After 28 minor league contests in 2021, his slash line of .287/.398/.528. Thus, the Angels called him up to the big leagues. Over 70 games, he slashed .254/.317/.356 with a .673 OPS and an OPS+ of 84. He also hit his first two big league homers and notched nine doubles. Unfortunately for Marsh, his strikeout rates were intensely high. He struck out 91 times in 236 at-bats (35% rate). That has only increased this season, as he owns the third most punchouts in the American League (117). Again, it seems like depth is the primary motivator here. On the other hand, it may not be a blockbuster, but Marsh could provide stability to a Phillies outfield in desperate need of it.