Walker went 3-for-5 with three home runs Saturday for Triple-A Rochester. Walker has been hot with five home runs in his last three games. Walker is hitting .240/.314/.504 at Triple-A. He continues to display outstanding power with nine home runs, but has struck out in 43.6 percent of his at-bats. His contact rate has always been an issue but it's declined to just 51 percent at Triple-A. He'll need to make more contact other than home runs to have a shot at success in the majors.
Walker (oblique) returned to the lineup at Triple-A Rochester on Monday. He promptly recorded a pair of strikeouts with zero hits in back-to-back games, but at least he's healthy. Given the Twins' depth in the outfield, 2016 should serve as a year for Walker to focus on fixing his approach at Triple-A.
Walker is day-to-day after straining an oblique muscle during batting practice Tuesday, Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat & Chronicle reports. The hulking slugger isn't expected to miss significant time with the injury, and the team wanted to be cautious with him Tuesday as it was freezing cold outside. He is 4-for-10 with a home run in his first three games, and will need to continue to work on his contact issues this year at Triple-A.
Walker was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Walker hit .239 with 31 home runs last season at Double-A. He led the minor leagues in home runs with 31, but struck out in 34.8 percent of his plate appearances. He could be called up at some point this season if he can reduce his strikeouts.
Walker was added to the Twins' 40-man roster on Friday. The hulking outfielder was added primarily to protect him from the Rule-5 draft. He has insane raw power, but also carries about as much swing-and-miss in his game as anyone in the minor leagues. This makes him quite the high-risk/high-reward proposition in dynasty leagues.