Matt Walker
Matt Walker

CLASS OF 2016

LHP
1B

Matt
Walker

Illinois State
Morris (HS) • IL
6-3 • 205LBS • L/L

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2016 National

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2019 DRAFT Tigers ROUND 13
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7/9/15 - Verbally committed to Illinois State.

6/18/15 - Recently committed to Illinois State. Lanky, athletic left handed pitcher, 6-foot-3, 175-pounds. Delivery works across body, slightly rotational, fluid actions, shoulder stay closed. Arm is easy, long and loose, has quickness, high ¾ slot. Creates tough angle on his fastball, has arm side run and the ability to fill the zone, 84-85 mph. Curveball has sweeping action, slurve type breaking ball, good feel with ability to throw strikes, 69-73 mph. Changeup showed advanced action, arm side run with good feel, 76-79 mph. Highly projectable arm.

5.27.15 - 6-foot-3, 175-pound athletic left-handed pitcher ranked No. 114 in IL. Works from the third base side of the rubber, utilizes a tall-and-fall delivery, with a short, loose, high ¾ arm, good rhythm throughout delivery, strides slightly across his body, keeps shoulders closed, good separation between upper and lower half. Fastball sat 83-84 mph in one inning of relief, displayed arm side run when throw away to righties, stays on same plane. Curveball thrown aggressively anywhere from 69-72 mph, buried one with two strikes at 75 mph. Above average high school breaking ball, 1/7 shape, short, late break, tight rotation, had good feel for strikes. Walker’s athletic frame, smooth delivery, and ability bode well for future velocity gains. High follow left-handed pitching prospect.

7.23.14 6-foot-2, 175-pound athletic left-handed pitcher utilizes a tall-and-fall delivery, with a short, loose, high ¾ arm slot producing 79-82 mph fastballs with sink.  Shoulders are closed at balance point, stride direction is slightly across his body, and lands closed at foot strike hiding the baseball and creating a crossfire effect.  65-68 mph breaking ball was better when it had slurve/slider shape.  70-72 mph changeup exhibited arm side run, and both secondary pitches were better out of the stretch.  Mechanically out of the stretch, does not stay as tall on his backside, utilizing a pre-set crouch.  Walker saw some time on the mound as a sophomore for Morris’ varsity during the IHSA playoffs, and should be a high follow prospect over the next two years.

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