Steele Walker, who was benched during the postseason with an oblique injury, was forced to watch his Oklahoma Sooners fall out of the NCAA Tournament with an 8-1 loss to Mississippi State on Monday afternoon. However, his day got considerably better when the Chicago White Sox selected him in the second round (No. 46 overall) of the 2018 MLB Draft. The value of the signing bonus is $1,556,100 for that draft slot.
Before missing the final eight game of the 2018 season, Walker had a .352 batting average, a .441 OBP, a slugging percentage of .606, 13 home runs and 53 RBIs — all of which led the team.
Earlier in the evening, fellow OU outfielder Kyler Murray was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 overall pick. While Murray appears likely to be hanging back in Norman during the fall, Walker will start playing professional baseball in the very near future (barring a very unexpected decision to play college baseball for another season). The dude has given his all for this program, and he seems destined for a long career in the game. I hope he tears it up if/when he makes it to the show. I just hope he takes it easy on my Cubbies.