by, 10-02-2013 at 09:18 AM (933 Views)
Congress is still getting paid, but some 800,000 government workers are left at home to read twinsdaily.com. Hopefully, they paid their wireless bill last month. Speaking of injustice, I argue that Adam Walker’s good name has been walked upon in defiance of production!
I was pleased to see that Adam Walker’s official name has been updated on his milb.com player profile. It now reads “Adam Brett Walker II,” which is more fitting for the distinguished 2nd-year-pro. MLB.com had him ranked in the top-20 during the regular season. But now, he is absent from their listing. WHY?! I admit that I failed to predict the type of success he had last season in Cedar Rapids. But MLB.com is fully equipped to notice he won two legs of the triple crown in his full-season debut and rank him accordingly.
Consider this…Walker led his league in homers (27) and RBI (109) while finishing 6th in OPS (.844). I understand he was a little old for the league at 21, but that is no excuse to exclude this type of potential from a top-20 prospect list. Walker has earned more recognition as a potential major-league-hitter than what MLB.com’s list has given him. He produced better than uber-prospect Miguel Sano in the Midwest League (I already know Sano was 19 for his full-season debut) a year ago.
Consider this…among the hitters that finished top-6 in the Midwest League in OPS, Walker was 3rd youngest only to Carlos Correa (thank goodness we got Buxton) and Brandon Drury (mainly a doubles hitter). Walker improved his K/AB ratio from 33% in 2012 to 23% in 2013. That is an outstanding adjustment! If he can continue to make productive adjustments to his game, then we might have a top-10-Twins-prospect in Adam Brett Walker II.
Some scouts think he can’t hit a good fastball. Adam wants pitchers in the Florida State League to think that is true. Get this kid moving towards Minnesota.