Walker among prospects headed to AFL
Leads Double-A in homers, RBIs and strikeouts
MINNEAPOLIS -- Adam Brett Walker headlines the list of seven Twins prospects headed to Scottsdale, Ariz., to play in the Arizona Fall League this October.
Walker, the team's No. 10 prospect, according to MLBpipeline.com, was the team's third-round pick in the 2012 Draft. Known for his power, Walker, an outfielder, leads all of Double-A with 29 home runs and 101 RBIs. But he also leads the league with 187 strikeouts, 44 more than the next closest player. Nearly 40 percent of his at-bats this season have ended with a whiff.
"He needs to work on strike-zone discipline. He needs to work on his defense. He needs to work on his throwing. He's got some kind of power," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "He can hit a ball a long way to any part of the field, but it's just a matter of consistency."
Walker is one of four from Chattanooga who will join the Scottsdale Scorpions. He's joined by teammates Nick Burdi (No. 12 prospect) and Jake Reed (18), as well as catcher Stuart Turner (19).
Between Class A Advanced Fort Myers and Chattanooga, Burdi, a righty drafted in the second round of the 2014 Draft, has a 5.01 ERA in 60 2/3 innings as a reliever. Reed, also a reliever, has spent a majority of the season in Chattanooga, compiling a 4.50 ERA over 56 innings.
Turner, one of two Twins catchers headed to the AFL, has spent the whole season at Chattanooga, hitting .220 in 313 at-bats. Mitch Garver, who has spent the year catching at Fort Myers, will also head to the Fall League. Garver is hitting .245 with 56 RBIs.
Taylor Rogers, the team's No. 13 prospect, is the only representative from Triple-A Rochester, and Trevor Hildenberger will join the Scorpions from Fort Myers.
"Rogers has got some things going for him," Ryan said. "He can spin a ball and he's got a lot of guts. He throws a lot of strikes."
Rogers, a starter, is 9-12 with a 4.19 ERA at Rochester in 26 games, and Hildenberger, a reliever, is 3-2 with a 1.43 ERA between Class A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers.
"It's good experience. It's one of the better leagues that we have and can send these guys to," Ryan said. "They should take advantage of the situation."