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2020 Mets draft profile: Anthony Walters

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With their fourth selection in the 2020 draft, the Mets selected Anthony Walters, an infielder from California.

Born: Corona, California

Age: 22 (12/17/97)

Height/Weight: 6’1”/185 lbs.

Position: INF

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: San Diego State University (San Diego, California)

Anthony Walters has played in many places in his relatively young baseball career. He began his high school career with Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, California and spent two years there before transferring to Tustin High School in Tustin, California spending his final two high school seasons there. He lettered all four years of his high school career, hitting .316/.373/.355 in 31 games in his freshman year in 2013, .284/.360/.323 in 32 games in his sophomore year in 2014, .312/.420/.427 in 32 games in his junior year in 2015, and .298/.356/.451 in 30 games in his senior year in 2016.

He went undrafted after graduating high school and attended Cal State Berkley. Seeing action at second base, third base, shortstop, and left field, he appeared in 34 games and hit .191/.295/.221 for the Golden Bears. He transferred to Mount San Antonio College in 2018, a community college in Walnut, California. He performed well there, hitting .374/.451/.718 in 45 games, hitting 10 home runs, stealing 6 bases in 6 attempts, walking 26 times, and striking out 32 times. His performance earned him numerous honorary team appointments, including first-team all-state honors from the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association and ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association all-region second team, and all-South Coast Conference first-team selection. He missed the entire 2019 season after tearing his ACL, and transferred to San Diego State University as a redshirt junior. He appeared in 16 games for the Aztecs before COVID-19 prompted the NCAA to prematurely end the 2020 baseball season. In the 16 games he appeared in, Walters hit .271/.333/.356, slugging 1 home run, stealing 1 base in as many attempts, walking 5 times, and striking out 18 times.

Walters stands square at the plate, holding his hands low. He swings with a big leg kick, with an extremely upper-cutty swing. When he makes solid contact, he has fringe average power, but due to his fringy hit tool, he is unable to maximize the power potential that he has. Defensively, Walters profiles as a utility infielder, able to play second base, third base, and shortstop. He has good hands, and is a better fit at second base than he is at third or short. He also has the ability to play left field as well, but his lack of range or an arm would make him a below-average defender in the outfield.