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 recent high 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 (.378 combined OBP in A and A+). His red flag is contact, something that should sound familiar to those who follow White Sox prospects. Walker is a bit more well-rounded with his glove. His 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. Walker has struggled with contact in AA while hitting for little power so his prospect status is in question until he can hit against advanced pitching. Hitting .201 with 153 strikeouts and an OPS of .596 really sunk Walker's stock in 2013. He will need to improve in 2014 to remain a prospect.

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

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