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Jeff Walters was drafted each year by a different team from 2006-2009, but chose to continue his education every time. He now has a degree in Consumer Economics.
After finally signing with the Mets after the 2010 draft, Walters has shown much promise as a reliever.
At 6’3” and 170 pounds, Walters is tall, skinny and athletic. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, and throughout his college and professional career Walters has shown drastic improvement in two very important traits: command and clutch.
In his senior year at Georgia, Walters had three superb starts against No. 4 LSU, No. 15 Ole Miss and No. 4 Florida.
However, Walters also had 41 walks in 68.1 innings.
But those command issues have improved astronomically. Last season, in his first exposure at both Single-A and High-A, Walters had a combined 2.30 ERA and just 12 walks in 54.2 innings.
In 2013, Walters has recorded only nine walks in 23.0 innings in Double-A. That stat is slightly skewed, since Walters has struggled in May.
In April, Walters had a 0.73 ERA and only three walks in 12.1 innings. But in May, Walters has a 5.06 ERA and six walks in 10.2 innings.
Furthermore, Walters is pitching as the full-time closer for the first time in his career, and already has 13 saves. Walters is also not known as a strikeout pitcher, but he still has managed 25 strikeouts in his 23.0 innings.
To get even more perspective on Walters’ big-play ability, look at what opponents are batting with runners in scoring position: .172.
Walters was an uninspiring prospect with moderate control issues coming out of Georgia. But he has blossomed now into a promising reliever with a newfound potential to close out games.
For a seventh round pick, Walters has been a pleasant surprise.