Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, June 12, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 1
Right-handed pitcher Kevin Walter recently made his Class A debut after a considerable wait, having dealt with a lengthy recovery from Tommy John Surgery. A Phillies’ 20th round draft selection out of Legacy High School in Colorado, back in 2010, Walter had been limited to very minimal game action over the three years after signing his first pro contract until he was promoted to Lakewood from extended spring training a couple weeks back.
In two starts since joining the BlueClaws the 21-year-old is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA while striking out seven and walking five batters in nine innings pitched.
I recently spoke with the six-foot-five 215-pounder about his recovery, his admiration for other players, his pitch repertoire and plenty more. Read ahead for my full interview with Kevin.
- What was your excitement level to finally get a call for a promotion an join the Class A BlueClaws roster?
It’s both excitement and relief. It’s kind of getting back into real baseball. It’s kind of- it wears you down, when you’re down in extended spring and it’s very monotonous. So, it’s good to play in front of some people and play with a real team and play some real baseball.
- I know you got paired up with catcher Justin Dalles for your first start with Lakewood. You two seemed to have a good rapport. Had you two worked together before?
I was very pleased to hear that he’d be catching me here (for my debut). I mean, Chace (Numata) is solid, but I’ve worked with Justin in extended, so we were on point together, it seems like. Continue reading PN Interview: RHP Prospect Walter Speaks of Tommy John Recovery