How did he get here?: Drafted, 8th Round (2009)
Stats: 6'1", 165 lbs, Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2010: 22
K/9 Rate: 7.0
BB/9 Rate: 6.5
Groundout/Flyout Rate: 1.21
K:BB Ratio: 1.08
Walker was one of four ValleyCat pitchers to throw 50IP, but the problem - as you may have guessed - was with those walks. The 36 walks led the team (and were the second highest in the NYPL). We can see all of Walker's starts, as they were in his last ten games, and it's not pretty: 37.1IP, 54H/40ER, 33K:24BB, .344 BAA, and an upside-down groundout/flyout ratio. Walker got out of the 5th inning once, and gave up 5HR in his last 9.1IP (3 games). Now, he also posted 9K in his last 7.1IP. So there's that. But until those walks come down, and the ball stays on the ground...
Walker played for Stanford last season, so like Stines, let's see what he can do with an off-season of rest.
And thus concludes our look at the Tri-City ValleyCats.