First/Third Baseman – Jared Walker:
Last but certainly not least, Jared Walker was the Dodgers’ 5th round pick in the 2014 draft. Walker is significantly larger than most of today’s prototypical third basemen. With that size comes prolific power, to the tune of a combined 23 HR’s through two levels of minor league baseball this season (low-A and A+).
MiLB.com has him listed at 6’2”, 195 pounds, but I’d say he’s closer to 6’2”, 215 pounds. The barrel-chested 22-year-old throwback hits from the left side of the plate but throws righty. Upon watching a few highlights of him going yard with the Quakes this season, he reminds of a younger Travis Shaw. His raw power is undeniable, and he lifts balls out of the park with unquestionable ease. However (as with Cody Thomas), he strikes out entirely too much.
Also for his age (22), beginning the year in low-A is a bit concerning. However, the way he stroked those HR’s this year was not concerning. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if, like Cody Thomas, we hear a whole lot more about Jared Walker this next year in 2019.