04/02/2021 11:09 AM
The Sioux City Explorers have announced the signing of INF Jared Walker.
Jared Walker will be playing in his eighth season of professional baseball and his first with Sioux City.
Walker is a fifth round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the 2014 MLB Draft out of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. Walker spent six seasons with the Dodgers reaching as high as Double-A, Tulsa.
After bouncing around between rookie ball and Class-A for his first four seasons, Walker flashed his potential in 2018 as a 22 year old. In 110 games split almost evenly between Class-A, Great Lakes and High-A, Rancho Cucamonga. The infielder hit .255 with a career high 25 home runs, 26 doubles, 75 RBI and 81 runs scored with 53 walks.
The following season earned him a promotion to Double-A Tulsa where he played in 119 games, smacking 13 home runs, eight doubles with 34 RBI, 49 runs scored and drawing 50 walks.
The Georgia native was released by the Dodgers and found himself playing last year in independent baseball as part of the four team, Constellation Energy League in Sugarland, Texas. With the Eastern Reyes del Tigre’s Walker played in 24 games hitting three homers with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored.
Now 25 years old, Walker has spent the last two winters playing in the ABL. In those two seasons split between Auckland and Brisbane, he has hit for a .297 batting average over 66 games, with 12 home runs and 45 RBI, 42 runs, 15 doubles and 12 stolen bases.
The Sioux City Explorers 29th year in Siouxland will begin at MercyOne Field at Lewis and Clark Park on May 18th versus the Houston Apollos. There will be an open house for our brand new box office and team shop on April 23rd beginning at noon. Tickets purchased that day at the box office will be 50% off and new team merchandise purchased at the team store that day will be 20% off.