The Minnesota Twins announced today the signing of their 2023 first round pick, outfielder Walker Jenkins from South Brunswick High School (NC), whom they selected fifth overall in the 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and signed for $7,144,200.
The 6-foot-3, 212-pound outfielder hit .417 with two home runs, 33 runs scored, a .632 on-base percentage and a .633 slugging percentage in 24 games his senior season at South Brunswick, walking in 32 of his 95 plate appearances and leading the Cougars to the Round of 16 in the NCHSAA Class 3A state playoffs. His performance earned him the Gatorade North Carolina Baseball Player of the Year award for the second-consecutive season, after taking home the honor in 2022.
Over four seasons for South Brunswick, Jenkins slashed .487/.598/.921 (74-for-152) with 20 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, 53 RBI, 78 runs scored, 35 walks and a 1.519 OPS in 49 games. He hit .527 with 10 home runs, 40 RBI, 49 runs scored, a .628 on-base percentage and a 1.032 slugging percentage as a junior in the 2022 season, earning Mideastern 3A/4A Conference Player of the Year honors for his performance.
Jenkins will report to Fort Myers, Florida.
(info courtesy of Twins)