The 2021 PBR Future Games
The first time Loden Sports encountered Walker Martin was at the 2021 PBR Future Games on July 28, 2021, just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. As a participant for Team Colorado at the country’s largest event for uncommitted high school baseball players, Walker stood out immediately for his size and athleticism. Of the 397 athletes that Loden Sports evaluated that day, Walker was the lone Loden 9. Measuring in at 6-2, 179.9, Walker was the best combination of size and athleticism at the event and coupled that with a frame that had room for more. Being a left-handed hitting shortstop was icing on the cake.
While the Loden Score was relatively new to the world at the time, Loden Sports knew immediately what being a Loden 9 meant. This guy was different. Plug him in with an MLB team right now and he’d be one of the 2-3 best athletes in their system from the Dominican Academy all the way up to the 40-man. This guy was an outlier – a true 1%’er.
In the months that followed the event, nearly 300 players from the 2021 PBR Future Games would commit to play college baseball with a vast majority committing to Division 1 schools. Walker weighed his options and committed to the University of Arkansas in September of 2021.
Eaton, Colorado: A Football Town
A three-sport star at Eaton High School in Eaton, Colorado – a town of less than 6,000 residents, Walker comes from a part of the country that isn’t necessarily known for cranking out MLB Draft prospects. But Eaton – just east of Fort Collins – has history. Despite its size, Eaton High School has 3 alumni that have suited up in the NFL, including Los Angeles Chargers running back, Austin Ekeler – one of the top running backs in the NFL today.
Sights on the MLB Draft
Despite being the leading scorer and rebounder on the Eaton basketball team for the 2021-2022 season (14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.2 spg), Walker decided to take the winter to prepare for his spring baseball season. It is really difficult to get faster and stronger while participating in a competitive season. This winter, for the first time in his high school career, Walker had a season to focus on maximizing his athletic performance.
As impressive as a Loden 9 is, Walker one-upped himself ahead of the biggest baseball season of his life – Walker is now a Loden 10 and at least a 1%’er for the 2023 MLB Draft class. Considering his frame (and he might still be growing), he may be the best combination of pure size and athleticism in the whole class.
How it's going...
There is no better time than the present. The spring season is in full-swing, MLB evaluators are airport-hopping to get their draft boards in order, and there’s an up-arrow next to Walker Martin’s name.
Colorado prep SS Walker Martin (Arkansas commit) is a standout QB (41 total TD last year) and overall athlete that’s a late 1st round talent for some teams. He’s blazing hot this spring, hitting .704 with 7 HR through 10 games. Here’s five of them, plus some non-baseball clips. pic.twitter.com/EjQ6ZSlOqg— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) April 11, 2023