DEION WALKER, CENTER FIELDER
Born: August 20, 2001
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 35th Round, 1054th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Hillgrove HS (GA)
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Walker is a tall, skinny outfielder who has also pitched some.  He shows off good routes and arm strength in the outfield, and was announced by the Pirates as a center fielder.  He’s got some potential for power, with solid contact ability and good bat speed, and an ability to hit to all fields.  His swing looks a little long, which could hurt him in pro ball, although Baseball America noted last year that he does a good job tracking breaking pitches.  Walker seems very raw and a project, but a toolsy player with his build, hitting potential, and defense.  He had a commitment to Chattahoochee Valley CC, but signed with the Pirates during the All-Star break for $75,000 above the slot amount.

2019
R:  270/329/459, 74 AB, 5 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 18 K, 0-1 SB

Walker got off to a good start in the GCL, including some power.  The one negative was a lack of patience.  He played exclusively in right.  He got into only limited action due to the late signing and the extremely overcrowded outfield situation.

2020
DNP

2021
R:  200/340/300, 80 AB, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 15 BB, 23 K, 9-11 SB

The Pirates sent Walker back to rookie ball, where he got sporadic playing time.  He played all three outfield positions, center the most.  He showed a lot more patience and did well as a base stealer, but didn’t hit as well as in 2019.

Walker took a step back in 2021 and he’s facing a lot of competition for outfield spots.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $200,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 35th round, 1054th overall pick; signed on July 9.
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