Chicago Cubs: OF Steele Walker, No. 6 overall
The third of four prospects heading to the Northside is outfielder and White Sox number six overall prospect Steele Walker. Walker starred as a Sooner at the University of Oklahoma for three seasons, finishing his collegiate career with a .326/.404/.522 slash line and a .926 OPS.
As a second-round selection in 2018, Walker has worked his way up to Class-A Advanced in two short seasons and at 23 years old, seems likely on a stable path to reach the majors in a couple of seasons.
Walker struggled at Class-A in 2018. He slashed just .186/.246/.310 before completely turning it around this past season. In 20 games at Class-A to start his 2019 campaign, Walker slashed an insanely robust .365/.437/.581 with a 189 wRC+. He moved right up to Class-A Advanced where across 100 games, Walker posted a still very above-average 124 wRC+ and found his power stroke by smashing ten long balls.
Spending 81 percent of his games in center field, Walker did not make a single fielding error across 703 innings. The Cubs require center field help as offensively the likes of Albert Almora is not cutting it. To be able to snag Walker on top of both Vaughn and Stiever feels like an excellent thing, and Walker is a guy who can be a solid contributor at the major league level.