THURSDAY, MAY 05, 2011
Adam Brett Walker added to Golden Spikes Award list
Without even completing his second year in a Dolphin uniform, sophomore Adam Brett Walker is beginning to show up on the national radar in college baseball after being a late addition to the 60-man mid-season nomination list for the Golden Spikes Award.
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).
As of May 1, Walker ranked in the Top 20 in the nation in several offensive categories: RBI per game (8), runs, total bases (12), runs per game and hits (14), batting average (17) and slugging percentage (18). He currently leads the A-Sun in batting average (.412), RBI (61), doubles (19) and total bases (126) and has also found his way into the JU career record book for home runs, ranking 10th with 26 in less than two seasons.
A 2011 A-Sun Preseason all-conference selection, Walker was also voted one of the top three “Biggest Power Threats” by conference coaches in CollegeBaseballInsider.com A-Sun Preview.
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.