Height/Weight: 6’1”/225 lbs
College: South Carolina
One of the more impressive hitters in all of college baseball this season, Walker is at a clear disadvantage as a right-handed hitting first baseman. Although he’s physically strong at 6’1”, 225 pounds, it’s hard to see Walker’s power improving in the minor leagues, as many scouts believe he’s already reached his offensive ceiling.
If anything, he projects to offer production similar to Gaby Sanchez and Yonder Alonso—players whose hit tool receives a higher grade than their power.
Walker’s excelled over the last three seasons at South Carolina thanks to excellent plate discipline, as well as an ability to exploit inexperienced pitching. Even though he may post above-average on-base rates as a professional, Walker will inevitably be challenged against more advanced pitching.
However, he’s one of the better hitters in the entire draft class, which, when combined with his college experience, could have him in the major leagues by late 2014.