June 10, 2009
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STANFORD, Calif. - Four more Stanford players were chosen on the second day of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, giving the Cardinal five players selected thus far. Right-handed pitcher Brandt Walker was chosen by the Houston Astros in the eighth round, right-hander Jeffrey Inman was a 12th-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates, outfielder Joey August was selected by the New York Mets in the 20th round and outfielder Wande Olabisi was tabbed by the San Diego Padres in the 30th round.
Walker has made 27 collegiate appearances, including four starts, during his three years with Stanford. The hard-throwing right-hander has yielded fewer hits (36) than innings pitched (37.1ip), while holding collegiate batters to a .267 average (36-for-135). He has posted a 6.75 ERA (28er, 37.1ip) and 0-2 record, but has logged 29 strikeouts with a mid to high 90s fastball. The Austin, Tex. native finished 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA (13er, 19.0ip) in 12 games (two starts) for the Cardinal in 2009. Walker was also drafted out of high school, as the Texas Rangers selected him in the 21st round of the 2006 MLB draft.
Inman has been a staple of Stanford's starting rotation since 2007, going 13-12 with a 5.31 ERA (117er, 198.1ip) in 42 collegiate games (37 starts). He has helped the Cardinal to a 20-17 (.542) ledger in his 37 starting assignments, while he ranked second on Stanford's 2008 College World Series staff for wins (seven), innings (71.2) and starts (13). After excelling for Yarmouth-Dennis in the 2008 Cape Cod League, the right-hander entered the 2009 campaign on the 50-player watch list for the Golden Spikes Award and was a third team preseason All-America selection by Baseball America. However, he was hampered by a mild injury and struggled to a 2-6 record with a 6.11 ERA (36er, 53.0ip) in 11 starts. Inman was previously selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 19th round of the 2006 MLB draft.
August was the picture of consistency both at the plate and in the field during his excellent four-year career on The Farm. The left-handed hitting outfielder batted over .300 each of his last three collegiate seasons, while logging a career .314 mark (219-for-698) with 34 doubles, four triples, nine home runs and 92 RBI in 197 games. A two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 performer (2007 and 2009), he was a lifetime .321 hitter (93-for-390) in 80 conference games. August batted .304 and set career highs for doubles (13), triples (two), homers (five) and RBI (36) during a fine 2009 campaign, while he finished the regular season tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with a career-best 70 hits.
Olabisi, one of the top athletes and fastest players in the Pac-10 Conference, showed flashes of developing into a tremendous all-around talent during his three seasons at Stanford. A three sport athlete at St. Stephens in Houston, Tex., he concentrated on baseball on The Farm and played in 35 games, scoring 13 runs and stealing four bases (in five attempts). Originally born in Nigeria, Olabisi moved to Saudi Arabia when he was five years and played for the country in the 2000 Little League World Series.
The 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft concludes tomorrow (Thursday, June 11), with rounds 31 through 50.