Adam Walker (baseball)
|Born: October 18, 1991|
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Adam Brett Walker II (born October 18, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is currently a free agent.
Walker played college baseball at Jacksonville University from 2010 to 2012. During his college career he had a batting average of .359, an on-base percentage of .441, and a slugging percentage of .635, with 41 home runs and 174 runs batted in (RBIs). In 2011, the Atlantic Sun Conference named him the A-Sun Player of the Year.
The Minnesota Twins drafted Walker in the third round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut in 2012 with the Elizabethton Twins of the rookie-level Appalachian League, hitting .250, with an on-base percentage of .310 and slugging .496 with 14 home runs and 45 RBIs in 232 at-bats over 58 games.
In 2013, Walker played for the Cedar Rapids Kernals of the Class A Midwest League. He finished the year having played in 129 games, hitting .278, with a on-base percentage of .319 and a slugging percentage of .526, with 27 home runs and 109 RBIs over 508 at-bats in 129 games. He played in the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game and was the first minor league baseball player to reach 100 RBIs in 2013. He won the George M. Trautman Award as Topps Midwest League Player of the Year.
Walker spent 2014 with the Fort Myers Miracle in the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He played in 132 games for the Miracle, batting .246 with 25 home runs and 94 RBIs. He was named the Top Star of the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game.
In 2015, he played for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Class AA Southern League, appearing in 133 games and hitting .239 with 31 home runs and 106 RBIs, and led all minor leaguers with 500 or more plate appearances with a strikeout percentage of 34.8%. and he played in the 2015 Southern League All-Star Game. In the fall of 2015, he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, going 18-for-75 (.240) in 20 games with two doubles, a triple, five home runs, and 18 RBIs.. The Twins added Walker to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.
In 2016, Walker played for the Rochester Red Wings in the Class AAA International League. He played in 132 games for the Red Wings, hitting .243 with 27 home runs and 75 RBIs, and led all minor leaguers with 500 or more plate appearances with a strikeout percentage of 38.0%. The Twins placed him on waivers after the 2016 season.
Baltimore Orioles (December 2016–January 2017)
The Atlanta Braves claimed Walker off waivers on January 26, 2017. After he passed through waivers five days later, the Braves outrighted him to the Gwinnett Braves in the Class AAA International League. In 10 games for Gwinnett, Walker went 5-for-39 (.128) with three doubles, a home run, and four RBIs. Demoted to the Mississippi Braves in the Class AA Southern League, Walker played in 14 games for Mississippi, going 6-for-49 (.122) with a double, four home runs, and 12 RBIs. The Braves released him on May 9, 2017.
Baltimore Orioles (June–July 2017)
On June 10, 2017, Walker signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles assigned him to the Norfolk Tides in the Class AAA International league, where he played in 18 games and went 6-for-67 (.090) with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs. Demoted to the Bowie Baysox of the Class AA Eastern League, Walker appeared in 12 Baysox games, going 20-for-47 (.426) with five doubles, six home runs, and 12 RBIs. The Orioles released him on July 23, 2017.
On August 4, 2017, Walker signed a minor-league deal with the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds assigned him to the Louisville Bats of the Class AAA International League, where he played in 25 games and hit .207 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. Playing for five different minor-league teams in 2017, Walker finished the season with an overall batting average of .190 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.
Kansas City T-Bones
On April 18, 2018, Walker signed with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association. He played in three games for the T-Bones, going 2-for-11 (.182), hitting a single and a double and walking once.
On May 23, 2018, the Washington Nationals purchased Walker's contract and signed him to a minor-league deal. The Nationals assigned him to the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League. He elected free agency on November 2, 2018.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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