Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, April 12, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 0
Phillies 5th round draft choice from 2011, Mitch Walding, is off to a solid start to the regular season this year with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. Walding, a 3rd baseman, has gone 9-for-28 (.321 avg) with two doubles and six RBI through eight games thus far against South Atlantic League competition.
The lefty batting Lodi, CA native made his pro debut last season with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters, posting a .233 batting average along with 10 doubles, three triples, a homer and 31 RBI in 60 games.
After playing in the Florida Instructional League last year as well, the six-foot-three 190-pounder came into spring training this year, ready to make an impact and made his full season team debut last week.
I spoke with the 20-year-old Walding recently about his his draft experience, his time as a pro thus far and plenty more. Read ahead to check out the full interview.
- In 2011, you were a 5th round draft pick. I just wanted to get you to take me through your draft experience and talk about how you were tracking the draft, how did you learn the Phillies drafted you and how did you celebrate?
I was at my grandmother’s house with all my family and friends. I knew I wasn’t probably gonna go the first day, I knew I was gonna go anywhere from four to, anywhere to round 15. We were just kind of sitting there and waiting and we came down and I didn’t really think I was gonna get picked that day, ’cause I was the last pick of that day, or whatever, on TV, and all of a sudden it kind of just happened. They called my name and my whole family was excited and kind of jumping around. Everyone was stoked. It was a great time. You can’t really explain it. It was a great time. Everyone was full of excitement. Continue reading PN Interview: 3B Prospect Mitch Walding