Keenyn Walker

Keenyn WalkerPosition: OF
Born: 8/12/90
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 195 B-T: S-R
Acquired: Drafted Supplemental Round in 2011 (47th overall) out of Central Arizona JC
Career Stats

 

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #7 - 2011 Midseason
  • #8 - 2012 Preseason
  • #8 - 2012 Midseason
  • #8 - 2013 Preseason
  • #16 -2013 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • 2012 White Sox Fastest Baserunner (Baseball America)
  • 2013 White Sox Fastest Baserunner (Baseball America)
  • 2014 White Sox Best Outfield Arm (Baseball America)

Scouting report

Walker fits in similarly with the mold of draft picks Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson: very athletic, but raw baseball players. Like Mitchell, Walker's best tool is his speed, which has been called plus-plus (56 SB in 2012). The switch hitter has decent gap power, but likely won't be a home run threat. He draws a good amount of walks, which makes him a solid potential leadoff candidate (Iso OBP's in the .080-.120 range). His red flag is contact issues, something that should sound familiar to those who follow White Sox prospects, and which has begun taking a big toll on his output. With the glove, Walker's speed allows for him to cover a lot of ground from centerfield and he has a strong enough arm to make him a solid defender. During the 2012 season he was injured in a weird collision on the base paths, and had surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder and right knee during the offseason. Hitting .201 with 153 strikeouts and an OPS of .596 in 2013 really hurt, though AA was probably a bit aggressive given his single season's worth of play across A and A+. He looked like a good bounce-back candidate in 2014, but he was terrible repeating at Birmingham (.155/.231/.236, 45.1% K/PA) and better but still bad on demotion back to Winston-Salem (.217/.298/.278, 32.6% K/PA). At this point it would be a shock if Walker actually puts it together and reaches the majors.

Major League Outlook: Speed/defense-first 4th outfielder
ETA: 2015-16

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