Tuesday, June 05, 2012
JU baseball junior Adam Brett Walker was selected 97th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Tuesday afternoon.
With the selection, Walker II becomes the 100th Dolphin drafted into the professional ranks, including the 45th player since head coach Terry Alexander took over the program in 1991. He is also the highest Dolphin since Nick Regilio was taken in the second round (72nd pick) by the Texas Rangers in 1999. Walker II is the fifth highest Dolphin selected all-time as well as the first to go in the third round.
“We are very happy for Adam,” Alexander said. “He has had a very good career for us. Adam is very, very talented so he is deserving of getting a drafted. We are excited to see what he can do at the next level.”
In 2012, Walker II was named first team all-conference for the second straight season by leading the Dolphins in average (.343), hits (72), runs scored (44), doubles (14), home runs (12), RBI (42), total bases (122) and on-base percentage (.426). He was also second in stolen bases (19) and walks (29).
After a slow start to the season, Walker II finished the season with hits in 21 of the final 23 contests. He finished A-Sun play hitting .400 with six doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBI.
The Milwaukee, Wis., native ranks in the top five all-time at JU in doubles (53, 4th), home runs (43, 3rd), RBI (175, 4th), total bases (409, 4th) and slugging percentage (.635, 4th). He is seventh all-time in hits at 231.
As a junior, Walker II enjoyed his best season as a Dolphin after leading the A-Sun with a .409 batting average, 99 hits and 23 doubles in helping the Dolphins reach the NCAA regionals for the fourth time in the last six seasons. He also paced the squad with 13 home runs, 75 RBI, 165 total bases and a .685 slugging percentage. His hits and total bases totals each broke single-season records for the program.
Walker II batted .446 with 16 doubles, six home runs and 42 RBI in conference play to take home the A-Sun Player of the Year and first team all-conference honors. Walker II also received A-Sun all-tournament honors after pacing the Dolphins with a .429 average (6-14) with a home run and two RBI.
For his efforts, Walker II was named first team All-America from Perfect Game USA and second team All-America from CollegeBaseballInsider.com, Baseball America, Louisville Slugger (Collegiate Baseball), the NCBWA and the America Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Walker II also was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (NCBWA) and Golden Spikes Award (USA Baseball). He was earned ABCA All-south region honors with Dan Gulbransen and named District III Player of the Year by NCBWA to round out the list.
Of the 100 players drafted for the Dolphins, nine have reached the majors while five are currently continuing their careers at the minor league level.