Scouting Walker: Has battled injuries the past two seasons...offensively, has shown the ability to be a power threat and run producer...showed improved defensive skills throughout the 2006 season and will look to continue that improvement in 2007...should see action behind the plate and in the DH role.
2006: Hit a career-best .289 in 49 games, including 45 starts...made 29 starts at catcher and 16 as a designated hitter...delivered 12 multi-hit games...tied for third on the team in homers (four) and tied for fourth in doubles (10)...drove in 24 runs...stole a career-high seven bases...went 3-for-4 with a career-high two stolen bases at Florida International (3/7)...collected two hits, two runs and an RBI against Grand Valley State (3/30)...hit two doubles against Indiana (4/2)...went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs and two RBI at Penn State (4/16)...hit first homer of the season at Michigan (4/30)...3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in win over Western Michigan (5/9)...went 3-for-3 with double, run scored and an RBI at Northwestern (5/14)...hit homers in back-to-back games against Illinois (5/19-20).
2005: Played in 33 contests, starting 19 behind the plate and 12 at first base...threw out 10 runners and picked off three...batted .286...third on the team with six home runs...hit 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs vs. Brown (3/6)...recorded a team season-high 17 putouts vs. Western Illinois (3/26)...went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs vs. Saginaw Valley State (4/5)...hit 4-for-9, with three home runs, eight RBI and five runs scored in three games at Ohio State (4/16-4-17)...his performance at Ohio State earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors...was recognized by the Collegiate Baseball Foundation as a member of the National Honor Roll on April 18.
2004: Earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball Magazine after compiling a .288 batting average with 15 doubles and 29 RBI...appeared in 56 contests, while alternating 48 starts at the catcher, first base and designated hitter positions...batted .416 (5-for-12) with three doubles in the UNLV series...went 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and five RBI against Butler (3/7)...was 2-for-4 with two RBI each against Ohio State (4/18) and Siena Heights (3/30)...went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI against Indiana (5/8).
High School: Earned all-area, all-conference and all-state honors in his senior season...named the Pioneer Press Player of the Year...named Illinois Player of the Year and the Chicago Tribune's Outstanding Athlete...hit .496 with 14 home runs, 55 RBI and 12 stolen bases as a senior...captain of both the baseball and football teams as a senior...led team to a No. 10 state ranking as a senior...received all-conference, all-area, all-state and team MVP honors as a junior...batted .426 with eight home runs, 45 RBI and 18 stolen bases in his junior year...earned all-area honors as a sophomore and all-conference accolades as a freshman...three-sport varsity letterwinner at Carmel High School...earned three letters in football as a linebacker, receiver and running back...earned two varsity letters in basketball.
Personal: Born Dec. 12, 1984, to Kevin and Kathy Walker...a human resources major...enjoys fishing and listening to music...favorite team is the Chicago White Sox...touts his father as his biggest baseball influence.
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