Lakewood 3B Mitch Walding, photo- Jay Floyd
Phillies 5th round draft choice from 2011, Mitch Walding, is off to a solid start to the regular season this year with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws. Walding, a 3rd baseman, has gone 9-for-28 (.321 avg) with two doubles and six RBI through eight games thus far against South Atlantic League competition.
The lefty batting Lodi, CA native made his pro debut last season with the short-season Class A Williamsport Crosscutters, posting a .233 batting average along with 10 doubles, three triples, a homer and 31 RBI in 60 games.
After playing in the Florida Instructional League last year as well, the six-foot-three 190-pounder came into spring training this year, ready to make an impact and made his full season team debut last week.
I spoke with the 20-year-old Walding recently about his his draft experience, his time as a pro thus far and plenty more. Read ahead to check out the full interview.
- In 2011, you were a 5th round draft pick. I j...