2002 Coaches' Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference
One of the top relievers in the Big 12 in 2002, Walter will redshirt the 2003 season after undergoing arm surgery in the fall.
during fall drills
Did not participate due to arm surgery.
as a junior (2002)
Evolved into one of the top closers in the Big 12 Conference... Named to the honorable mention All-Big 12 team by the league coaches... Ranked second on the team with 20 appearances during the season... Compiled a 4-4 record and 4.15 ERA with a team-best six saves in 43.1 innings pitched with 35 strikeouts and just 13 walks... His six saves ranked as the fifth-most in the Big 12 in 2002... Ranked third on the team in both ERA and wins, while opposing batter hit just .263 against him... Collected a 1-1 record and 6.23 ERA with a team-best four saves in Big 12 play in eight appearances with 14 strikeouts and 10 walks... Three of his four saves came against ranked foes, including No. 9 Nebraska on March 31, at No. 16 Texas A&M on April 13 and No. 15 Baylor on April 27... Did not allow a run in 2.1 inning of relief with just hits in the save against the Huskers... Playing before the fifth-largest crowd in Texas A&M history, Walter closed the door and helped the Wildcats earn their first win in College Station since 1991... Pitched the last 1.2 innings against Baylor, helping the team post its first-ever series win over the Bears... Named the Big 12 co-Pitcher of the Week on April 8 after his stellar performance in Kansas State's history-making 15-inning win over Texas Tech in Lubbock... Pitched eight shutout innings against the Red Raiders, all in relief, and matched relief ace Steve Rowe pitch-for-pitch... Allowed just two hits with a season-high seven strikeouts and two walks in the longest outing of his career... Posted a 1-2 record and 3.60 ERA in three appearances at the Big 12 Tournament at the Ballpark in Arlington... Allowed two runs (both earned) on eight hits in 5.0 innings pitched with three strikeouts and zero walks... Picked up the loss in extra innings against Texas Tech on May 22, allowing one run (earned) on two hits in one inning pitched... Got his revenge two days later as he garnered the win against the Red Raiders, allowing zero runs on two hits with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief... Was again the hard-luck loser in the semifinals against No. 8 Nebraska on May 25, allowing one earned run on four hits in 1.2 innings.
at santa rosa junior college (2000-2001)
A two-year starter and letterman as a pitcher at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Calif. ... Helped Santa Rosa to both a conference and regional championship in 2001 with a 33-14 overall record... Earned second-team All-Bay Valley Conference honors as a sophomore... Posted a 9-1 record from the mound with a 3.32 ERA in 13 games and 12 starts... Compiled 66 strikeouts in 78.2 innings pitched with two complete games... In the regional championship series, he tossed a complete game in a 9-1 win over Ohlone College... Coached by Damon Neidlinger
at arcata high school
A three-year letterman in baseball at Arcata High School in Arcata, Calif. ... A three-year starting pitcher... Named the team's most valuable player as a senior... Earned All-Humboldt Del Norte League honors three straight years... Pitched a no-hitter in the 1999 playoffs... Coached by Troy Ghisetti.
(Full name: Mitchell L. Walter) was born Sept. 14, 1981, in Graton, Calif. ... He is the son of Richard Walter and Belle McDonnell... Relative, Bucky Walter, is a longtime sports columnist for the San Francisco Examiner... Aspires to be a sportswriter... Majoring in social science.