Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
In 2010, Bryce Harper, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, won the prestigious award. Past winners also include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006), David Price (2007), Buster Posey (2008) and Stephen Strasburg (2009).
“I am extremely happy for Adam to start receiving the attention that he deserves,” said JU head coach Terry Alexander. “He is the type of guy who doesn’t just rely on his talent; he works hard to improve in every area of his game. Adam is only going to get better and better as he gets older and I can’t wait to see where his talents eventually take him.”
Walker, who becomes the first Dolphin to earn A-Sun “Player of the Year” honors since Pete Clifford in 2007, currently leads the A-Sun with a .416 batting average, a .495 on-base percentage, 96 hits and 22 doubles. He also leads the squad with 13 home runs, 72 RBI, 161 total bases and a .697 slugging percentage. Walker is also one of 36 semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top collegiate player by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America (NCBWA).
In his first season at JU, Walker was named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America and second team Freshman All-America by Ping!Baseball.com. He garnered second team all-conference and all-freshman honors after ranking seventh in the A-Sun in home runs (16) and ninth in slugging percentage (.635). His home run total ranks sixth on the JU single-season record list. He also led the team with 58 RBI, 122 total bases, a .635 slugging percentage and 20 two-out RBI.
During the summer of 2010, Walker helped the Licking County Settlers reach the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League title game and was voted “Best Prospect” in the GLSCL.