June 14, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington baseball products John Beck and Ryan Walker have both signed their professional contracts after recently being chosen after their junior seasons in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Beck, a right-handed pitcher, was picked in the 15th round by the Colorado Rockies, while the Minnesota Twins took Walker in the 18th round.
"I'm very happy for both John and Ryan," UT Arlington coach Darin Thomas said. "It's always nice to see our guys get a chance at pro baseball."
Beck, taken 439th overall, went 1-6 this past season with two saves in 24 appearances, including six starts. The Temple, Texas native compiled a 5.11 ERA in 68.2 innings, striking out 38 and walking 22. Beck went 7-10 in three years at UT Arlington.
Walker, the 530th selection, hit .304 and was the only Maverick to play and start in all 58 games this past season. The Arlington Martin graduate was second on the team with 75 hits and first with 43 runs. Walker was named second-team All-Southland Conference as a sophomore in 2012 after leading UTA in batting average (.360), runs (56) and hits (90). He was a member of the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team in 2011.
UT Arlington has had 48 players drafted all-time with the selections of Beck and Walker, and 11 have come since Thomas took over as head coach in 2008. More than 40 players coached by Thomas at UT Arlington have signed professional contracts.