Dear ABF. Who is Mike Walker?
Who is this man?
Thank you for announcing the Australian Team for the World Baseball Classic today.
However, we are a little confused by the naming of Brewers’ minor leaguer Mike Walker as an infielder as we have never heard of him and we don’t believe he has ever played in the ABL or Australia. Could you please explain how he gets to be wearing an Australian uniform.
We know he wasn’t born in Australia like Clayton Tanner who was actually born at Mona Vale, a northern beach suburb in Sydney. So we understood why Clayton was in the Australian team but what is Mike’s connection with Australia that allows him to be selected? Understand we are not complaining about the selection. If Jon Deeble thinks he can help us in the Classic and he is better than any other infielder then that’s fine with us – it’s just that we don’t understand how he is eligible.
This is what we do know about Mike. He was born in Marysville California, 12 June 1988 and had just finished his senior year at University of the Pacific, when he was chosen by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2010.
In 2010 he hit .277 in the Pioneer League with 8HR.
In 2011 he hit .274 in the Midwest League with 15HR and was selected in the Mid-Season All Stars.
Last year he hit .280 in the Florida State League with 12HR and not surprisingly made the FSL All Stars.
We see a pattern here – he can hit well and hit long.
We look forward to hearing from you about how Mike is eligible to play for Australia.
Ps:One explanation is that his mother is Australian, is this correct and how does that make him eligible?