Drafted: 3rd Round, 97th Overall 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins out of Jacksonville University (FL).
- Baseball Reference
- Fan Graphs
- Jacksonville University Dolphins
Scouting Report From MLB.com Top 100 Draft Prospects:
"The son of a former NFL running back, Walker looks the part of a future slugger. The question is if he has the baseball skills to get there.
There’s no question about his pop at the plate. He might have as much raw power as anyone in the Draft class, with some scouts giving him an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He also has a very good approach to hitting, though his hitting instincts lag behind. That leaves some wondering if he’ll learn to tap into that power consistently enough against advanced pitching.
A big, physical specimen, Walker has played both first base and the outfield. His arm is well below average, and while some think he could handle playing left field, his defensive home is up in the air. He draws comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton, both in body type and power potential, but there is some concern that he’s a Ferrari with a VW engine."
Career Minor League Statistics
taking batting practice and playing for Jacksonville University vs. USC (thanks to YouTube user rkyosh007):
- Sept 20/2011: 2012 MLB Mock Draft v 2.0, by MLBProspectPortal.com.
- Dec 15/2011: 2012 MLB Mock Draft v 3.0, by MLBProspectPortal.com.
- Feb 5/2012: 2012 MLB Mock Draft v 4.0, by MLBProspectPortal.com.
- Apr 11/2012: 2012 MLB Mock Draft v 5.0, by MLBProspectPortal.com.
- May 8/2012: Top 100 draft prospects for 2012, by Keith Law @ ESPN.com.
- May 20/2012: Appel No. 1 in first mock draft, by Keith Law @ ESPN.com.
- May 24/2012: Mock Draft: Projecting the first 20 picks, by Jonathan Mayo @ MLB.com.
- May 25/2012: Mock Draft 2.0, by Jim Callis @ BaseballAmerica.com.