Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI
6'4 230 lbs. - RF R/R
Drafted 3rd Round - 97th pick
Played his college ball at Jacksonville University (FL) with fellow Twins & Miracle teammates Jonathan Murphy and Matthew Tomshaw. Entered college as a 17year old and was Drafted following junior year as a 20 year old. He was one of the youngest college draftees in the 2012 draft.
In 2010 Walker II was honored as a Freshmen All American by Louisville Slugger. In2011 Walker II was named first team All-America from Perfect Game USA and second team All-America from CollegeBaseballInsider.com, Baseball America, Louisville Slugger (Collegiate Baseball), the NCBWA and the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Walker II also was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA) and Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball). He earned the ABCA All-south region honors and named District III Player of the Year by NCBWA to round out the list. He received these honors as a 1st baseman.
As a junior, Walker II enjoyed his best season as a Jacksonville Dolphin after leading the A-Sun with a .409 batting average, 99 hits and 23 doubles in helping the Dolphins reach the NCAA regionals for the fourth time in the last six seasons. He also paced the squad with 13 home runs, 75 RBI, 165 total bases and a .685 slugging percentage. His hits and total bases totals each broke single-season records for the program. For his efforts Walker II took home the A-Sun Player of the Year and first team all-conference honors. Finished his college career 40 for 41 in stolen base attempts. Off the field, Walker picked up two A-Sun All-Academic honors for his work in the classroom.
Collegiate Summer Wood Bat Leagues
2010- Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League (GLSCL) - Voted Top Prospect and Led team to first regular season title in team history.
2011 - Cape Cod League - Led the Cape in strikeouts which hurt his draft status. However, he led his team in home runs and rbi on their way to winning their first regular season title in over 23 years. 2nd in Cape All Star Game HR Derby.
2012- Led Appalachian League in HRs (14) and hit another 3 HRs in the post season to help E'Town win the Appalachian League Title. Hit a 3 run HR in the bottom of the 9th inning in the deciding game with 2 outs to send Championship game to extras. Was named the League Post Season Offensive Player of the Year in the playoffs. [3rd Runs - 3rd Triples - 4th RBI - 2nd K's - 5th Total Bases (League Ranking)]
2013 - Led Midwest League in HRs (27) -RBI (109) - Total Bases (267). Was second in league in Runs Scored (83) and Xtra Base Hits (65). Walker was named MWL Player of the Week 3x during the season. Two more times than anyone else. He was honored as a Mid-season All Star and Post Season All Star. He was named Topps MWL Player of the Year after helping the Cedar Rapids Kernels to the best record in minor league baseball. He was named a Twins MiLB OrganizationalAll Star in 2013.
Walker II is 17 for 17 in stolen base attempts (including playoffs) as a professional. He is 57 for 58 including his college career as a base stealer.
2014 - Hit a HR on the first pitch he saw after being called up by the MLB Twins for their final Spring Training game. He concluded his day by also hitting a double and finishing 2 for 2.
(1.000 OBP / 3.000 SLG / 4.000 OPS)
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Edited by lightfoot789, 01 April 2014 - 07:54 PM.