2017 Freshman All-American (D1 Baseball, Baseball America, Perfect Game, NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball)
2017 Freshman All-SEC
SEC Pitcher of the Week (April 10, 2017)
2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
2017 Louisiana Freshman of the Year
Outstanding pitcher who enjoyed a tremendous freshman season at LSU; however, he suffered a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow near the end of the season and underwent Tommy John surgery over the summer ... Walker will miss the entire 2018 season, but will return to the mound in 2019 ... his elite pitchability, command of three pitches and his ability to fill up the zone with strike after strike is reminiscent of former LSU greats Aaron Nola and Jared Bradford ... in addition to his great high school baseball career, Walker was a three-year starting quarterback for an outstanding football team at the 6A level in Texas, and he is a tremendous leader ... a member of the 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll as a general business major.
Started 17 games as a member of the Tigers’ weekend rotation, posting an 8-2 mark and a 3.48 ERA in 95.2 innings with 23 walks and 78 strikeouts ... 2-1 record with a 1.02 ERA in three postseason starts (SEC and NCAA Tournaments combined), firing 16 strikeouts in 17.2 innings ... pitched two innings in College World Series second round game versus Oregon State (June 19) before having to leave the contest with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow ... defeated Rice in the championship game of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional (June 4), blanking the Owls through eight innings with seven hits, no walks and a career high-tying eight strikeouts ... brilliant outing in SEC Tournament championship game win over Arkansas (May 28), limiting the Razorbacks to one run on five hits in 7.2 innings with one walk and a career high-tying eight strikeouts ... Walker was only four outs away from throwing the first nine-inning no-hitter at LSU in 55 years before allowing a solo home run with two outs in the eighth inning on May 13 versus Auburn; he fired 7.2 hitless innings with three walks and three strikeouts before the no-hit bid ended in the eighth ... finished out the eighth inning by striking out the next Auburn batter after the home run, and he earned his sixth win in seven decisions as LSU completed a series sweep ... recorded a victory on April 15 over Ole Miss, limiting the Rebels to two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings with no walks and five strikeouts ... he increased his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 18 before the Rebels scored a run against him in the top of the third inning ... named the SEC Pitcher of the Week on April 10 after firing a shutout on April 9 at Arkansas, defeating the Razorbacks, 2-0, for his first career complete game in just his eighth collegiate start ... blanked Arkansas by limiting the Razorbacks to just four hits with two walks and four strikeouts and allowing just one player to advance beyond second base ... threw a career-high 119 pitches in the Arkansas game and extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 16 ... the shutout against Arkansas was the first recorded by an LSU pitcher since May 30, 2015, when Alex Lange blanked UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional ... excellent outing versus Texas A&M (April 1) as he blanked the Aggies in seven innings of work, allowing just three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts ... fired a career-high 108 pitches in the outing, which was a no-decision after the Aggies rallied against the LSU bullpen ... defeated Georgia (March 19) in his first career SEC start, limiting the Bulldogs to three runs on five hits in six innings with no walks and a career-best eight strikeouts ... earned win over Wichita State (March 12), limiting the Shockers to no runs on three hits in six innings with two walks and three strikeouts ... fired seven strikeouts against Texas Tech (March 5), limiting the Red Raiders to one run on six hits with no walks.
Prior to LSU
Compiled a 27-5 record with 295 strikeouts in three seasons as a starting pitcher in high school ... posted a 7-3 mark his senior year with a 1.24 ERA and 95 strikeouts, and recorded 13, 14 and 15-strikeout games during the season ... posted a 14-0 mark in his junior season with a 0.85 ERA and 113 strikeouts; recorded 12 complete games and led team to state runners-up finish ... named 2015 Dallas/Fort Worth All-Area Pitcher of the Year ... also received numerous All-State, All-Dallas/Fort Worth Area and All-District accolades in his junior and senior seasons.
Parents are Dean and Tammy Walker ... father is a real estate appraiser, mother is a flight attendant ... has one older brother, Ryan, who played baseball at UT-Arlington and is now in Double-A with the Minnesota Twins organization ... on his decision to attend LSU – “I came to LSU to play for the best team in college baseball, and be a part of a city, community and group of friends that thrives on competition, winning and battling in tough situations, so that when I leave, if it’s for baseball or for the real world, I’ll be changed for the better.” ... majoring in general business at LSU.
Walker’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 9.0 at Arkansas (4/9/17)
Strikeouts: 8 three times; most recently vs. Rice (6/4/17)
Hits Allowed: 7 five times; most recently vs. Rice (6/4/17)
Runs: 7 at Kentucky (4/23/17)
Earned Runs: 7 at Kentucky (4/23/17)
Walks: 4 at Florida (3/26/17)