Matthew John Wallner...Twitter: @Matt\_Wallner...Instagram: @matt\_wallner...Forest Lake, MN native who attended Forest Lake High School...named 2016 Minnesota Mr. Baseball...played collegiately at the University of Southern Mississippi for three seasons, hitting .337 (232-for-689) with 39 doubles, 58 home runs and 190 RBI in 189 games...in 2019, named to the Baton Rouge Regional All-Tournament Team, leading the Golden Eagles to the championship round after hitting .308 (4-for-13) with two home runs and five RBI...played for the 2018 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team...in 2017, named the Baseball America Freshman of the Year and was selected to BA All-America Second Team and Freshman All-America First Team...makes offseason home in Mississippi...enjoys watching college football during offseason...favorite non-baseball team is the Minnesota Vikings...favorite vacation spot is the beach...participated in 2023 TwinsFest at Target Field in January.
Began season with Double-A Wichita...Recorded four hits three times for the Wind Surge: May 6 vs. Tulsa, June 4 vs. Frisco and July 13 vs. Arkansas...Recorded four multi-homer games while at Wichita: April 30 at Arkansas, June 21 vs. San Antonio, June 30 at Springfield and July 4 vs. Amarillo...Named Twins Minor League Player of the Week three times: June 26 and July 10 with Wind Surge, and Sept. 4 with Saints...Named Texas League Hitter of the Week June 27...led the league with 1.508 OPS, three home runs and six RBI; batted .429 with five walks...Hit .345 (29-for-84) with five doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 17 RBI, 24 runs scored and a 1.214 OPS in 27 June games at Wichita...Promoted to Triple-A St. Paul July 14...at time of promotion, ranked first in the Texas League in RBI (64) and intentional walks (5), tied for first in extra base hits (37), second in home runs (21) and walks (62), third in number of pitches seen (1393), tied for third in runs (61), fourth in on base percentage (.436), slugging (.597), OPS (1.033), and extra-base hits (37), and 10th in hits (80)…Selected to start in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Dodger Stadium July 16...batted fifth and played right field, going 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored...Hit walk-off single in 10th inning for Saints Aug. 21 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Recorded first cycle in 30-season Saints franchise history, going 5-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, six RBI and two runs scored Sept. 1 vs. Omaha...five hits and six RBI tied minor league career highs...Had contract selected by Minnesota Sept. 17...Made Major League debut in Game 1 of a doubleheader Sept. 17 at Cleveland...recorded first career hit in that game, a solo home run off Shane Bieber...became 12th Twin to homer in first career major league game...Recorded first career three-hit game Sept. 21 at Kansas City, hitting one double and two singles...Hit home run Sept. 27 vs. Chicago-AL, off Lance Lynn, a ball that registered at 113.8 mph exit velocity, the fifth-hardest hit ball by a Twin on season and 48th hardest in baseball in 2022... the hit was measured at a 45.0° launch angle, one of nine players in baseball to hit a home run at that sharp of launch angle on season...also tied Eduardo Escobar (June 18, 2016 vs. New York-AL) for highest launch angle on a home run in club history in the Statcast Era...Recorded three RBI for Twins Sept. 28 vs. Chicago-AL...Combined to hit .273 (140-for-512) with 35 doubles, four triples, 29 home runs, 105 RBI, 94 runs scored, 102 walks, a .404 on-base percentage, a .527 slugging percentage and a .931 OPS in 146 games between Minnesota, St. Paul and Wichita...Ranked first among all Twins minor leaguers in RBI (95), doubles (32) and total bases (248), second in home runs (27) and walks (97), and third in hits (127), runs scored (90) and games played (128)…Named an outfielder on Minor League Baseball's Texas League All-Star team...Named winner of Sherry Robertson Award as Twins Minor League Player of the Year...hit .277 (127-for-458) with 32 doubles, four triples, 27 home runs, 95 RBI, 90 runs scored and a .953 OPS in 128 minor league games...became fourth Minnesota native to win award, joining Kent Hrbek (1981), Michael Restovich (1999) and Joe Mauer (2003)…Named outfielder on Twins’ MiLB.com organizational All-Star team...Ranked as Twins fifth-best prospect in organization by MLB.com after season...Ranked as sixth-best prospect, best power hitter and best outfield arm in Twins system by Baseball America, entering 2023...Ranked as seventh-best prospect in Twins system by MLB.com, entering 2023.
Spent the entirety of his first full season with Low-A Cedar Rapids, except for a two-game rehab stint with the GCL Twins...notched his first career two-homer game on May 5 vs. Peoria, the second game of the season...went 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBI in the game...went 4-for-5 with one triple and one home run on May 20 vs. Beloit, setting a single-game career high in hits...missed time on the 7-day Injured List from May 26-July 20 with a right wrist sprain...later examinations revealed a broken hamate bone that required surgery...appeared in two games on rehab assignment with the GCL Twins, going 2-for-6 with two runs scored...recorded back-to-back three-hit games July 27-28 at Wisconsin, going a combined 6-for-9 with four runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and four RBI...had his second career two-homer game on July 27...overall, batted .264/.350/.508 (68-for-258) with 14 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 47 RBI, 28 walks and 39 runs scored in 66 games for the Kernels... played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League after the season...batted .303 (20-for-66) with two doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI, nine walks, 11 runs scored, a .405 on-base percentage, a .606 slugging percentage and a 1.011 OPS in 18 games...ranked among the AFL league leaders in home runs (T-4th), slugging percentage (7th) and OPS (10th).
Ranked by MLB.com as the 13th-best prospect in the Twins system...did not appear in a professional game as the minor league season was cancelled due to COVID-19...participated in instructional league in Fort Myers, FL in Oct.
Made professional debut for Rookie-Elizabethton, playing in his first game June 20 vs. Bluefield...singled in his first career at-bat...hit safely in each of his first eight career games, batting .314 (11-for-35) with one homer and two RBI in that span...promoted to Low-A Cedar Rapids August 21 and finished the season with the Kernels...batted .258/.357/.452 (65-for-252) with 21 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 34 RBI, 42 runs scored and 24 walks in 65 games combined between Elizabethton and Cedar Rapids.