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Friday, October 26, 2018

Dennis Walker, Two Seasons - 20

Originally published April 5, 2017
Dennis Walker spent two seasons at single-A South Bend and it shows in the club's record book.

The infielder got into 247 games for the team, tied for the fifth most. His 804 at bats is still top 10. He also picked up 12 triples, was hit by a pitch 16 times and also ranked high in strikeouts and getting caught stealing, according to the team's record book.

Walker went on from South Bend to make high-A Sarasota and AA Birmingham. In six professional seasons, though, he never made the majors.

Walker's career began in 1988, taken by the White Sox in the 11th round of the draft out of Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Walker started with the White Sox in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into 50 games and hit .238 playing at third.

He moved to short-season Utica for 1989. He hit .230 over 72 games. In the field, he led all third basemen in fielding percentage and putouts.

Walker first arrived at South Bend in 1990. He hit .210 his first year there and .221 in his second. He stole 20 bases in 1990 and 18 in 1991. He went 1 for 2, with a run scored in an August 1990 game.

He moved to Sarasota for 1992 and then hit Sarasota and Birmingham in 1993. He picked up two hits and two RBI in an August 1993 game. He got into 46 games at Birmingham, hitting .214. That 1993 campaign turned out to be his final season as a pro.

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