RiverHawks re-sign Walker
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January 4, 2010 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – The player who settled in as the Rockford RiverHawks’ starting right fielder the final month of last season is coming back.

The RiverHawks announced Monday that they have re-signed outfielder Derrick Walker, a former Arizona farmhand. Walker hit .297 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 40 games with Rockford last season. He joined the RiverHawks on July 25 and started an 11-game hitting streak the following night.

On two occasions, Walker won free haircuts for fans with a home run hit over the Great Clips sign in left field.

“Walker’s a guy that has a lot of upside, very athletic, showed some flashes of really good play,” co-owner and director of baseball operations Dave Ciarrachi said. “He had some difficulties in some areas that he’s really working on this winter. The guys speak very highly of him as a clubhouse presence and we’re hoping he can be our everyday right fielder.”

Walker began 2009 with the Diamondbacks’ high Class A affiliate at Visalia in the California League. Walker hit .200 with no home runs and 18 RBI in 62 games with the Rawhide.

Walker, drafted by Arizona in the 26th round four years ago, is a .250 career hitter. Walker, 24, has LS-3 status in the Northern League.

The RiverHawks are members of the Northern League, an eight-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 18th season in 2010. The RiverHawks’ ninth season begins at 7:05 p.m. May 20 against the Schaumburg Flyers at Road Ranger Stadium. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380 (WTJK-AM) and the internet. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.


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