Cardinals 2012 AFL interviews: Colin Walsh

Walsh held his own against advanced pitching

In concluding our series of interviews with St. Louis Cardinals prospects from the Arizona Fall League, we speak with Colin Walsh.

A change in approach in 2012 led second baseman/outfielder Colin Walsh to excel in his third season in the Class-A Midwest League. The 23-year-old led the circuit with a .949 OPS. Despite missing time after being hit by a pitch, Walsh swatted 16 home runs.

Walsh's hit tool is his best
As one of the least-experienced players in the Arizona Fall League, Walsh spent much of the AFL season designated as a taxi squad player. As such, he was eligible to play on Wednesday and Saturday only.

The switch-hitter made the most of his opportunity in the desert, driving in 14 runs in just 57 at-bats while posting an .847 OPS.

It seems a certainty that Midwest League pitchers have said goodbye to Walsh forever. How far he goes may depend on his ability to become a defensive asset at multiple positions, one of the things at which he worked in Arizona.

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Coming soon: This interview concludes our annual series of interviews with the seven Cardinals prospects that finished the 2012 Arizona Fall League schedule.

Cardinals AFL interviews previously posted:
Hitting coach Joe Kruzel
Pitcher Seth Blair (video)
Pitcher Kevin Siegrist
Outfielder Mike O'Neill
Catcher Cody Stanley
Pitcher Boone Whiting
Second baseman Kolten Wong



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog. Follow Brian on Twitter.

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