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Walker hits Minor League best 23rd home run

Twins' No. 12 prospect homers in third consecutive game for Double-A Chattanooga

The hottest bat in the Minor Leagues right now is also one of its most powerful. Twins No. 12 prospect Adam Brett Walker continued his torrid stretch on Monday night, homering for the third straight game and extending his Minor League season home run lead with his 23rd dinger of the year. Walker's most recent blast was the only run that Rays No. 9 prospect Blake Snell allowed in six innings for the Biscuits.

The outfielder has homered in five of his past six contests, a run that includes the Southern League Home Run Derby crown he won last week. Walker simply cannot cease hammering the baseball out of the park. While the Lookouts dropped Monday's contest to Montgomery, 5-3, Walker's steady power has helped the team to a 44-29 record.

Walker has had plenty of help as several of Minnesota's Top 30 prospects -- including baseball's No. 1 prospect Byron Buxton -- have passed through Chattanooga at various points. Walker has remained a constant on the team with the best record in the North Division thus far this year.

Selected in the third round of the 2012 Draft, Walker has always had a powerful bat as he recorded at least 25 homers and 94 RBIs in 2013 and 2014. This year the Milwaukee native is hitting .272/.328/.612 (.940 OPS) with 23 home runs, 18 doubles and 67 RBIs.

"I think the main thing is I've been a little better with my approach, making sure I'm getting good pitches to hit," Walker told recently. "I'm trying to be a little more patient and making sure when I get those pitches that I'm not missing them. I think that's been a big key for me so far this year, just making sure I'm getting the barrel on the ball up in the zone. So far, I've been able to get to them."

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for
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