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David Walters had good makeup; Saw seven pro seasons, made AAA

Originally published Jan. 10, 2014
By his sixth season as a pro, Dave Walters had become a "closer type" of pitcher, Red Sox director of minor league operations Ed Kenney told Walters' hometown Wilmington Morning Star in August 1991.

That year, Walters ended up saving 12 games a step away from Boston, at AAA Pawtucket.

"I guess the biggest thing about David is that he has a real good makeup," Kenney told The Morning Star. "He's the type that pitching coaches and managers like."

Walters played just one more season. He wasn't able to take that makeup to the majors. By that point, however, Walters had taken his makeup to the Soviet Union as part of a tour to teach the game there, and understanding.

Walters' pro career began in 1986, taken by the Red Sox in the 12th round of the draft out of Campbell University in North Carolina.

With the Red Sox, Walters started at short-season Elmira as a starter. He went 2-5, with a 4.56 ERA over 14 starts.

He moved to single-A Greensboro for 1987, then single-A Lynchburg in 1988. At Lynchburg, he went 11-6, with a 4.50 ERA, in 35 outings, 18 starts.

In 1989, Walters made it to AA New Britain, his first of two seasons there. In 1989, he got 34 outings, seven starts. He also went 3-6, with two saves.

That September, Walters joined a group of other Eastern League players on a tour of the Soviet Union, the Diamond Diplomacy tour. After returning, Walters told The Morning Star he was ecstatic about being invited to go.

"I think it was an invaluable experience for me," Walters told The Morning Star. "I'd go back over there to play on a touring team again."

Walters returned to New Britain for 1990, getting into 43 games, with a 3.13 ERA. In early July, Walters picked a runner off first.

For 1991, Walters made Pawtucket, getting those 12 saves, while posting a 3.07 ERA. For 1992, Walters was back at Pawtucket, his ERA going up to 5.28. It was his final season as a pro.

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