- Position OF
- Born: 7/30/1996
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Left
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 190
- Acquired: 2nd Round 2018 Draft
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #15 - Midseason 2018
- #15 - Preseason 2019
Future Sox Media
- Draft Story
- In-person report from the AZL, July 2018
- VIDEO: First pro hit, open side, 7-15-18
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On June 4th, 2018, the White Sox selected the outfielder from the University of Oklahoma with the 46th overall pick in the draft. Baseball America citing his impressive hand-eye coordination and pitch recognition from the left side called Walker one of the better pure hitters in the draft.
According to 2080 Baseball, the corner outfielder is a high contact bat with an ability to spray line drives across all fields thanks to above average bat speed and a compact stroke. Though not a burner, he shows good feel on the grass and on the bases and should be an asset in all facets of the game. Due to his size, Walker projects to have average power. Conversely, the junior out of Prosper, Tex., hit double digit home runs this season at Oklahoma. Baseball America also highlights his seven dingers in 53 games with a wood bat in the Northwoods League during the summer of 2016. There, he posted an impressive slash line of .406/.479/.557 leading the league in hitting that summer.
In his professional debut Walker got the tour of the lower rungs of the system, playing at both rookie level Arizona and Great Falls, ultimately finishing his season in Kannapolis. Statistical he struggled, posting a combined .209/.271/.342 line, but those numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.
Walker's ceiling is limited due to his lack of a standout plus tool and corner outfielder profile without blazing speed or a big arm. But White Sox Director of Amateur Scouting Nick Hostetler mentioned the possibility of him playing center. In a short stint at Great Falls, he played there almost exclusively before being promoted to Kannapolis on August 2, 2018.
If Walker is able to sustain the power he showed as an amateur to go with his high rate of contact and solid defense, he has the ability to become a starter at one of the corner spots. Otherwise, he'll need to demonstrate that he is capable of playing all three outfield positions, in order to become a valuable left-handed bat coming off the bench. If he can man center field full time, that would further increase his ceiling.
For 2019, expect the 22 year-old Walker to repeat Kannapolis for a tune-up, or if the Sox are feeling particularly aggressive, Winston-Salem. In either scenario, expect Walker to finish the year with the Dash.
Major League Outlook: Starting corner OF ceiling
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