Sox top pick Walker joining Intimidators

Infielder Pangilinan also coming to Kannapolis

July 27, 2011 4:56 AM

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (July 27, 2011) - The Chicago White Sox have promoted this year's supplemental first round draft pick Keenyn Walker to the Kannapolis Intimidators, the White Sox Class A Affiliate, after beginning his professional career with the Advanced Rookie Great Falls Voyagers. Walker, the 47th pick in the 2011 June draft, hit .333 (20-60) with nine RBI in 15 games with Great Falls in the Pioneer League this year.

Walker, who turns 21 in August, is a switch-hitting outfielder the White Sox drafted out of Central Arizona College where he hit .412 with six home runs and 59 RBI with an on-base percentage of .509 in 69 games this season. This year he helped Central Arizona reach the Junior College World Series championship game.

The Salt Lake City native was drafted out of high school by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round of the 2009 draft, but he spent the last two season playing junior college ball. The 6'3", 180-pound outfielder will join an Intimidators team that has seen a pair of all-star outfielders - Brady Shoemaker and Trayce Thomspon - take the field for the team already this season.

In a corresponding move, Intimidators left fielder Brady Shoemaker will report to Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem. Shoemaker currently leads the South Atlantic League in hits (119) and games played (99), he is second in runs scored (68), tied for second in the league with 28 doubles, third in total bases (184), fourth in batting average (.319, 119-373), and tied for fourth with 65 RBI. He was one of three All-Stars for Kannapolis this season, his second All-Star selection.

Kannapolis will also receive infielder Leighton Pangilinan from Great Falls. The first baseman hit .286 with three home runs and 19 RBI in 29 games with the Voyagers this season. The White Sox selected Pangilinan in the 40th round of the 2009 June draft, and he spent the last two years with Advanced Rookie Bristol and Great Falls.

The Intimidators are back in town for a four-game home stand beginning Thursday against the Asheville Tourists. Tickets are available by calling the team box office at (704) 932-3267 or going online to

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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