If there is anything White Sox fans are used to in the recent drafts it’s this: the players have been solid and moved up quickly. Gordon Beckham and Chris Sale both moved up very fast in the White Sox minor leagues and are both big part of the 2011 season. In this years First-Year Player Draft the White Sox selected Keenyn Walker; the switch hitting outfielder from Central Arizona Community College.
Walker was very impressive in his 2011 season hitting .402 with some decent power and great speed (65 stolen bases along with 8 triples). Walker was taken the past 2 years in the draft but did not sign, but this time around the White Sox are confident that Walker will sign. According to Mark Gonzales, White Sox beat writer for the Tribune, Walker signed a letter of intent in Utah.
So what does this mean for the future of 20 year old Walker? First things are first and that is that White Sox fans should not expect him to be up in the middle of this year, or even anytime soon. The past examples of Beckham and Sale are really rare occurrences and most players need time to develop their skills.
Many White Sox scouts have compared Walker to Jared Mitchell who was the Sox first pick in the 2009 draft. Similar in body type, tools and type of player. Can Walker be the future outfielder for the White Sox? If the young man can stay healthy and continue to work on his game I see no reason why a player like this wouldn’t fit into the White Sox plans. And who knows, maybe just maybe we will be hearing about Keenyn Walker moving up the minors and getting better faster than anyone expected.
…Especially with the way Rios has been playing…