NATIONALS PURCHASE CONTRACT OF T-BONES WALKER

Adam Brett Walker. Lakeland Flying Tigers v. Ft. Myers Miracle. Aug. 2, 2014. Photo by Tom Hagerty.

WITCHITA, Kan.– The Kansas City T-Bones announced today that the contract of outfielder Adam Brett Walker has been sold to the Washington Nationals.

Adam Brett Walker played in all three games for the T-Bones over the weekend at Wichita, drawing starting nods in all three. He went 2-for-11 for Kansas City, scoring two runs.  Walker had a busy 2017 season where he saw playing time at three different AAA clubs and a pair of AA clubs. He opened the season at AAA Gwinnett with the Atlanta Braves where he played in 10 games with a homer and four RBIs. At AA Mississippi in the Southern League, Walker would play 14 games with four home runs and 12 RBIs. Walker would be released by Atlanta on May 9th of last year but would sign with the Baltimore Orioles organization on June 10th.  He was then assigned to AA Bowie in the Eastern League where he played in 12 games with six long balls and 12 RBIs for the Bay Sox. Baltimore moved Walker to AAA Norfolk where he drove in 15 runs in 18 games with three home runs.  On July 23rd Baltimore released Walker, but he was signed by Cincinnati on August 4th and would go on to play in 25 games at AAA Louisville, hitting .207 with three home runs and 15 RBIs.  In 79 games combined last season, he hit .190 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs.

In 2015 and 2016, Walker had back-to-back outstanding seasons for the Minnesota Twins organization. In 2016, at AAA Rochester, he led the Red Hawks with 27 home runs and 75 RBIs while hitting .247 in 137 games. He would finish second in home runs to current Milwaukee Brewer Jesus Aguilar, who had 30, and five spots ahead of New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who had 19 that season at AAA.

The native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin began his career with the Twins in 2012 in the rookie level Appalachian League. There he would hit .250 in 53 games, leading the team in home runs and coming in second to future Big Leaguer Max Kepler in RBIs with 45.  Kepler was four ahead in RBIs but trailed Walker in the long ball department by four.

Walker was the Twins 3rd round pick in the June draft out of Jacksonville University where he hit .359 in his three years with the Dolphins with 41 home runs and 174 RBIs. In 2011 he was the A-Sun Player of the Year.  Walker becomes the 31st T-Bones player to have his contract purchased and the second since opening day Friday night at Wichita when opening starter Cody Martin was pulled from his turn in the rotation in order to be sold to the New York Mets.

The T-Bones home opener is Tuesday night at 7:05pm against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. Season, group, mini-plans and nightly party suites are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Box Office at T-Bones Stadium. Call the Box Office at 913-328-5618 or purchase and print at www.tbonesbaseball.com.  Box office hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday and10:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday. For additional information or interview requests, members of the media may contact the T-Bones Media Relations Department at (817) 739-3693. Stay tuned to www.tbonesbaseball.com. and the T-Bones Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the season.