2012 Draft Scouting Report: Adam Walker

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at outfielder, Adam Walker.

Name: Adam Walker
Position: First Base
School: Jacksonville
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League


Physical Description

Walker's height and weight speak for themselves. This is a young man that looks just as much like a football star as he does a baseball player. He's a long, athletic and well proportioned. Given his massive size, he's not overly agile, but he has a big league body type similar to Mike Stanton right now.

Hitting

Grading Walker's hit tool is pretty tricky at this stage. His bat speed doesn't jump off the page, but he does manage to stay fairly short to the baseball and use the whole field. He will need to improve his plate discipline, however. Pitchers got him to chase frequently in Cape Cod League action. Walker is probably not a particularly high average hitter. He'll likely grade out as a 40 or 45 on the 20-80 scale, which is somewhere around a .260 hitter.

Power

This is the part of Walker's game that will get him drafted pretty high. He has the big, natural lift in his swing and big extension to produce easy power to the middle of the field. He flashes plus game power already and could be a 30+ home run bat at the next level.

Fielding

Given his size, he's somewhat limited position wise. So, you're going to see him at first base most of the time. You draft a guy like this for his power bat, and he should profile well at the position with that big power.

Speed

Walker is about an average runner currently, but he's probably going to be a little less mobile as he gets older, considering his extra large frame. He's far from a liability on the bases but speed won't be featured aspect of his game.

Summation

If you're looking at Walker's best case upside, he's a .260-.265 hitter with 30-35 home run power at the big league level. He needs to improve his strike zone judgement and continue to hone his craft at first base, but he's a potent power bat in the making at the next level.

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