Pirates Sign Speedy Non-Drafted Free Agent Shortstop

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed their third non-drafted free agent this week, inking a deal with shortstop Andrew Walker from Southwestern Christian University. He hit .317 this year in 61 games, with 22 walks, 13 doubles, two homers and 42 steals in 47 attempts. Walker started 52 games last year and hit .333, going 17-for-18 in steals. Before that, he spent two seasons at Northwestern State, where he hit .333 as a freshman in a limited role, and followed that up with a .290 average as a sophomore.

The 22-year-old Walker hit .345/.371/.429 in 27 games for the Bethany Bulls of the Jayhawk League (Summer Collegiate) over the off-season.

He has a strong arm and has pitched on occasion. If you have four minutes, here is a highlight video from his 2016 season.

  • Likey

  • We are determined to find a capable SS aren’t we? Haha

  • Bucs are sure going after every player that appears to be able to ply to fill up that Bristol roster.

  • scrappy2499
    July 1, 2016 11:19 am

    sounds like a solid player. besides coming from a small school what’s the catch on why he went undrafted? Can he stick at SS?

    • John Dreker
      July 1, 2016 11:28 am

      He was probably on their list of players to draft and they ran out of picks before they got to his name. When spots opened up due to injuries and two draft picks backing out of deals, he was next in line.

      • scrappy2499
        July 1, 2016 12:50 pm

        That’s right…I remembered the two injured players but forgot about the two backing out. As per the usual, thanks for all the great timely info. you and the rest of PP put out.

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