Prospect in the Jason Marquis Trade
The Washington Nationals traded pitcher Jason Marquis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for infield prospect Zach Walters on Saturday, July 30th. Walters is an intriguing prospect, so let's take a look at what the Nationals acquired here.
Zach Walters, INF: Walters was drafted by Arizona in the 9th round in 2010, from the University of San Diego. He hit .302/.338/.440 for Yakima in the Northwest League after signing, swiping 14 bases. Assigned to South Bend in the Midwest League for 2011, he's been a strong performer with a .302/.377/.485 mark so far, with 42 walks and 96 strikeouts in 361 at-bats. He's swiped 12 bases, but has been caught 10 times. A 21-year-old switch-hitter, Walters has an average throwing arm and average range, and has spent time at second base, third base, and shortstop this year. Second is his best position, but his versatility would make him an attractive roster option if he continues to hit at higher levels. He's got doubles power and decent plate discipline, but his strikeout rate is rather high, which warns some adjustments may be needed. I rated him a Grade C in my book this year but an upgrade to C+ is plausible.