Walker Named Preseason All-America
Eugene, Ore. – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named Oregon pitcher Brett Walker to the NCBWA's preseason All-America third team on Wednesday.
Walker earned a spot on the team after finishing last season 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA while allowing just two runs on 13 hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 21.1 innings pitched. He held opponents to a .176 batting average. The Ducks' right-hander finished second in the Pac-12 Conference in strikeout-to-walk ratio (10-to-1), WHIP (0.66) and walks per nine innings (0.42) while ranking third in wins. Nationally, Walker ranked 10th in walks per nine innings, 19th in WHIP, 23rd in wins and 31st in strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Fresno, Calif., native started the 2020 season in the bullpen, but pitched his way into the weekend rotation over the four-week season. He capped the 2020 campaign with a dominant eight-inning outing in a win over Hawaii where he did not allow a run while giving up just two hits and no walks while fanning three. The Hawaii effort was Walker's second consecutive impressive start, following a six-inning outing where he picked up a win over Milwaukee while not allowing a run on just two hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Walker ended the season with a 16-inning scoreless streak where he allowed just eight hits while striking out nine and walking just one against Nevada, Milwaukee and Hawaii. In his five appearances, Walker held the opponents to no runs in 21 of the 22 innings where he took the mound.