The Pine-Richland High School product was very well known in western Pennsylvania. However, the Pirates didn't just draft Walker because he was a Pittsburgh native. USA Today had tabbed Walker as an All-American out of high school.
"I think this is where obviously I want to be," Walker said at the time of his debut. "I get a chance to get back home and play in front of the hometown fans. It's something I've dreamed about since I've been seven or eight years old."
Walker is not the first in his family to make it to the Majors, either. His father, Tom, pitched with Montreal, Detroit and St. Louis during a six-year career in the bigs.
Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.