Name: Keenyn Walker
Age: 22 | Pos: OF
Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 195
Drafted: 2011, 1st round (supplemental)
Projected arrival: late 2015
Last three movies: 'Black Hawk Down,' 'Avatar,' 'Hitch'
Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan, “First NBA game I went to was (Game 6, ’98 Finals).”
Funniest person in the world: Kevin Hart
Favorite pizza topping: Ham and pineapple
In Vegas I always: “Never want to go back, but I end up going back anyway.”
Could you cover Jared Mitchell: “He was at the collegiate level and I only played high school. But I like to say I was a pretty good DB so maybe a couple of routes.”
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Although he went on the disabled list twice, plus-plus speed helped him to steal 56 of 71 bases last season in 111 games. Speed also allows him to cover lots of ground and play shallow. Has a solid arm. Walked 74 times between two stops and finished with a .367 on-base percentage.
Switch-hitter struck out 143 times last season; team wants him to widen his stance and hopes for improved pitch recognition. Not much of a power threat as he hit four homers in 409 at-bats.
He said it
Goal for 2013: “I’d really like to improve just the whole learning about baseball and stuff, knowing the right situations and what to do in those situations. No matter what level you’re at there’s always room for improvement. I feel pretty good about (stolen bases), just a tiny thing in anticipation. But all in all I’m trying to get a lot more stolen bases than last year.”
*Strengths and weaknesses are courtesy of the “Baseball America Prospect Handbook.”