The Orioles acquired outfielder Adam Walker -- whose impressive power numbers in the minor leagues have been dimmed by overwhelming strikeout totals – by claiming the 25-year-old off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers, the team announced on Friday.
Walker, a third-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2012, was designated for assignment by the Brewers four days ago. Milwaukee claimed Walker from the Twins two weeks ago.
Walker hit 27 homers and drove in 75 runs this past season for the Twins' Triple-A club in Rochester, N.Y., but also struck out 202 times in 531 plate appearances. He posted a .243/.305/.479 hitting line in 135 games in his first season at the Triple-A level.
He has averaged just over 27 homers in his four full minor league seasons, but also has averaged one strikeout every 3.3 plate appearances over his professional career. Walker is a .251/.310/.486 career hitter in 584 minor league games.
Walker is the second outfielder the Orioles have added in as many days. On Thursday, they signed outfielder Logan Schafer to a minor-league deal with a major-league spring training invitation.
Earlier this week, the club also reacquired former Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett, getting the right-hander from the Mets for cash. With the addition of Verrett and Walker, the Orioles' 40-man roster now contains 37 players.