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Adam Brett Walker II - 2014

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#21 lightfoot789

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:31 AM

Walker and 3 Miracle Teammates Make FSL All Star Game
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 09:05 AM

Walker hits FSL leading 14th Home Run last night as the Miracle remain in first place by 1.5 games. Walker leads the FSL with 14 HRs & 109 TB. He ranks second in RBI by 1 with 50. These are his rankings thru 60 games this season. 80 more game to go - to keep it in perspective:)

Tomshaw tames Flying Tigers in 4-3 victory
Walker homers, Tomshaw earns sixth straight win
http://www.milb.com/...=recap&sid=t509

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

I just check his current stats at milb and over the last 10 games his BA was higher than his OBP. I'm guess one sacrifice and ZERO walks over 10 games. It's hard to argue with a .390 BA, 10 game hitting streak (could be longer), 5 HR, and 15 RBI's...but ZERO walks in 10 games? Seems strange. Maybe teams will adjust after his recent outburst and things will trend back towards normal.

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 12:33 AM

Who was the last Twins Prospect to win either and / or both the MVP and Home Run Derby at the FSL All Star Game?

Congrats - Big Fella

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._l123&sid=l123

and

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._milb&sid=milb


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 08:05 AM

Video from the FSL HR Derby
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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:24 PM

Walker hits 17th Home Run of season. Back to back games with HRs and 4 shy of Miracle season record (21) according to Bryce Zimmerman on radio.

http://www.milb.com/...=recap&sid=t509

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 08:39 AM

Adam Brett Walker II hit his league leading 18th home run today (July 4th). The home run was his 3rd Grand Slam of this short season. Walker is 6 for 15 (.400)with the bases loaded this season with 19 RBI. That is some awesome production!! This is the second consecutive fourth of July that Walker has hit a home run.

Despite his .235 BA and lowly .288 OBP - he is on pace to have similar production numbers than his MVP season in the Midwest League last year [runs scored (46); home runs (18); and RBI (62)]. The FSL league is "the" hardest league in minor league baseball and even the MLB to hit HRs and produce runs. It is a pitchers league and players are expected to struggle.

In many areas - Walker is seriously struggling. His doubters stated that he would not be able to do what he's doing because of his poor walk rate and plate discipline. Nothings has changed however - Not even his production or the fact that his team still won the first half championship (pitchers league) and made the playoffs. Just Win

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 08:50 AM

Adam Brett Walker II hit his league leading 18th home run yesterday (July 4th). The home run was his 3rd Grand Slam of this short season. Walker is 6 for 15 (.400)with the bases loaded this season with 19 RBI. That is some awesome production!! This is the second consecutive fourth of July that Walker has hit a home run.

Despite his .235 BA and lowly .288 OBP - he is on pace to have similar production numbers than his MVP season in the Midwest League last year [runs scored (46); home runs (18); and RBI (62) thus far]. The FSL league is "the" hardest league in minor league baseball and even the MLB to hit HRs and produce runs. It is a pitchers league and players are expected to struggle.

In many areas - Walker is seriously struggling. His doubters stated that he would not be able to do what he's doing because of his poor walk rate and plate discipline. Nothings has changed however - Not even his production or the fact that his team still won the first half championship (pitchers league) and made the playoffs (with several sub .250 hitters in lineup). Just Win

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 07:25 AM

Walker thru 1st week of July (6) games:
.318 BA
3 HR & 10 RBI
4 K's
3 BB's
.400 OBP & .727 SLG%

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:02 AM

Walker thru 1st week of July (6) games:
.318 BA
3 HR & 10 RBI
4 K's
3 BB's
.400 OBP & .727 SLG%


A positive trend if he can keep it up. The guy has always worried me because of his swing-happy nature; those guys are often crucified in the high minors or majors.

While his BA is down this season, his isoD is up so it's possible we're looking at a guy who's trending in the right direction.

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 05:40 AM

Not sure if it is available on the 1500ESPN website, but it is certainly available on iTunes.

Ruesse had an interview with Dougie Baseball on Monday in which Dougie (in TK form) was very complimentary of Adam Walker. He thinks his power will play at higher levels, and also noted Walker's knack for driving in runs, especially in key situations (actually said that Walker's homers aren't when the team is ahead by 7 runs, etc.).

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:05 PM

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 11:27 PM

Of position players in the Twins system, Walker is tied for 3rd with Vargas and Polaco for hope/want/belief in a kid who has the ability to make an impact.

He seems like a really good guy, and that only escalates the rooting for him.

Pure average and contact are not the be-all and end-all of being a productive ML player. But much like Vargas, though a better athlete with real positional ability, if he can simply maintain acceptable Avg and OB numbers with his power, he had a high floor and an excellent ceiling.

"Nice catch Hayes...don't ever f*****g do it again."

 

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 12:47 AM

Below is an interview with Ft. Myers Miracle manager Doug Mientkiewicz. He speaks on Buxton; Polanco; Adam Brett Walker; and Berrios. I think many a blogger would find his & organizational comments interesting on Walker. [Click link below and find Monday July 7th interview "The Ride with Reuesse" (Hour 1) - you might have to scroll to middle of interview to find Dougs comments]

TRex found this interview and I agree it was interesting
Ruesse had an interview with Dougie Baseball on Monday in which Dougie (in TK form) was very complimentary of Adam Walker. He thinks his power will play at higher levels, and also noted Walker's knack for driving in runs, especially in key situations (actually said that Walker's homers aren't when the team is ahead by 7 runs, etc.).

http://www.1500espn....ondemand/reusse

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Posted 26 July 2014 - 08:06 AM

Earlier this week Adam Brett Walker tied Brock Peterson (2006) for the Fort Myers Miracle Franchise HR record. It was a 450 foot shot out of the stadium in LCF.

All while eading the FSL in HRs - RBI - and Strikeouts, Walker has managed to stay in the Top of the FSL in Runs (7th) and Total Bases (5th). His low OBP and K rate have been his major flaws thus far in his short professional career.

That being said: Walker is the only college 3rd rounder (position player) to still be playing in the FSL from the 2012 draft (who hasn't spent significant time on the disabled list). Joey DeMichele (Carolina League) is the only other college 3rd rounder still in High A and he is repeating High A this season.

Trivia Question: Who is the last minor leaguer to lead his leagues in HRs at each level of his career?

Leading the FSL in HRs (by 7) should warrant consideration for a promotion. If he falters at AA - Let him repeat AA next year. Throw a dog a bone........ (21 HR / 75 RBI / 97 Games).

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 07:00 AM

Adam Brett Walker in the month of August:

BA (.393)

HRs(3)

RBI(10)

OBP(.452)

SLG.  (.750)

OPS(1.202)

Ks (5)

BB (3)

 

With the FSL being listed as the hardest league in baseball (minors & MLB) to produce runs and HRs - Walker is having argueably a better year in those categories than last year's MVP season:

2013

.278BA

.319OBP

 27HRs

 109RBI

 83 Runs

 

2014

,244BA

.301OBP

 24 HRs

 85 RBI

 65 Runs

 

There are still 23 games left in this season

 
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Edited by lightfoot789, 10 August 2014 - 07:10 AM.


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Posted 11 August 2014 - 06:22 AM

Walker finished his FSL week (8/4 thru 8/10) with the following:

.320 BA

.370 OBP

.960 SLG%

1.330 OPS

4Runs

12B

3HRs

9RBI

2BB

1SB

8K                      

Thru six games

Edited by lightfoot789, 11 August 2014 - 06:23 AM.


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Posted 16 August 2014 - 10:25 PM

Adam Brett Walker II

14th in the FSL in Hits

5th in the FSL in Runs Scored

1st in the FSL in HRs

1st in the FSL in RBI's

1st in the FSL in Total Bases

 

Toughest League in Baseball in Multiple Offensive Categories

24 HRs and 91 RBI to date - 14 games left.......................

 

His Miracle team won tonight behind a great pitching performance by his Jacksonville University  teammate Matt Tomshaw.Team is 2.5 games back from sweeping 1st and 2nd half championships.


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Posted 17 August 2014 - 05:52 AM

In August thus far:

.333 BA

.400 OBP

.574 SLG%

.974 OPS%


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:12 PM

Adam Brett Walker II -  finishes the 2014 regular season with mixed emotions from the Twins Daily fan base.To his credit, he led the Florida State League in:

  • Home Runs (25) bya total of 6.The closest Miracle teammate had 11.This also led everyone within the Twins minor league affiliates as well.Has led his respective leagues in each of his professional seasons.
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  • RBIs (94) by a total of 16.The closest Miracle teammate had 76. This also led everyone within the Twins minor league affiliates by 15.
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  • Total Bases(220) by a total of (6).This also led all Miracle teammates by (48)
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  • Games Played (132). Which is a testament to his outstanding work ethic. Strong Conditioning and Durability are important characteristics to have especially when playing in Florida for 132 games.I believe he has played in more games than any Twin minor leaguer over the last 2 MiLB seasons. 
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  • Strike Outs (156). An obvious dubious honor.His 28% K rate is up 8% from last year and must get back under control.
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  • He also led all MIracle players in HITS despite his .307 OBP and .246 BA. He was 11th in the Florida State League in Hits as well.
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  • His 44 Walks (BB) were more than anyone on either the New Britain and / or Rochester rosters (combined) with the exception of Diebinson Romero.I wonder if I'm the only one to find that surprising or stimulating moving forward?
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  • He was short of the Miracle team lead in Runs Scored by 2 with (78) and short of the Florida State League lead by 5 Runs Scored.
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  • Adam Brett Walker II  was the only Miracle position player to be selected as either a Mid Season All Star and / or Post Season All Star in 2014.The only position player in the Twins organization to be selected to Post Season All Star Team in 2013 & 2014.
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  • Has reached the MiLB playoffs in each of his professional seasons with the best record in the league each year.He won a championship series his 1st season.He helped team to the more wins (best record) than any other team in minor league baseball last season (2013).He helped the MIracle to the second best record in Franchise history (82 wins) this season.They fell short of the team record by 1 win. 
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  • Despite his non believers (and that is their right) - Not a bad season. I still find it hard to drop him on rankings and overlook his consistent body of work.Home Runs aren't everything, but when you put into account that Walker has 1 less home run than Dalton Hicks; Stuart Turner; Max Kepler; and Travis Harrison combined (26 to 25), and they are the next 4 respective leaders still on the team?  That is something that should be loudly recognized and not "yeah but". Not to mention all the other categories he leads his team in which represent positive numbers.