Chiefs Chatter #7 – Get to Know Kenneth Peoples-Walls

As Spring Training approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2014 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with spring training on the way it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2013 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in State College, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2013 plus some possible players returning to Peoria. If you missed any of our previous installments, catch up with: Alex ReyesCarson KellyRob KaminskyOscar MercadoSteven Ramos and Mike Mayers.

Today we introduce you to outfield prospect Kenneth Peoples-Walls

Kenneth Peoples-Walls, OF  Ht: 6’1 Wt: 180 Bats: Right Throws: Right
DOB:
8/16/93, Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @Kenny_Persons
Acquired: Drafted in 4th Round (140th overall) in 2011 out of Westchester High School

Preseason/Offseason:

  • Participated in the Cardinals Fall Instructional League
  • Began the switch from shortstop to outfield
  • Reporting to Spring Training early as part of Cardinals Minor League STEP camp
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the #18 Cardinals prospect and the organization’s #5 outfield prospect
  • Ranked by Baseball America as the #17 prospect in the Appalachian Rookie League
  • Ranked by TheCardinalNation.com as the Cardinals #33 prospect

2013:

  • Played in 59 games for Johnson City in the Rookie Level Appalachian League batting .300 with seven home runs, 11 doubles, four triples, 35 RBI, 41 runs scored and nine stolen bases as a shortstop
  • Led the APPY in total bases and finished second in hits, runs scored and at-bats
  • Finished 10th in the league in batting average
  • Finished 10th among all qualified Cardinals minor leaguers in batting average
  • Started the season going 8-for-14 over three games with three doubles, five runs scored, two RBI and a walk
  • Had four straight 3-hit games July 7-11 with two homers, two doubles and six RBI
  • Hit his first career grand slam on August 11 in game one of a DH against Bluefield and then tripled and drove in two in game two
  • Was hitting .287 with four games left but three straight 2-hit games put him at .299 with one game left
  • Went 1-for-3 with a double on the final day of the season to bat .300
  • Hit .324 against righties with six home runs and .327 in home games
  • Hit .385 in nine games in June
  • Clubbed four homers and five doubles in July
  • Drove in 16 runs in August
  • Hit third or sixth in the lineup for most of the season playing for 2014 Chiefs manager Joe Kruzel
  • Hit .270 with runners in scoring position
  • Was 4-for-8 with 10 RBI with the bases loaded…
  • Named an Appalachian League All-Star
  • Named the July Topps’ Player of the Month in the APPY League
  • Finished the season with State College to observe the NYPL playoffs but was not on the Spikes active roster in the post-season

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2012:

  • Played in 43 games for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Cardinals batting .260 with two homers, four doubles, 21 RBI and 19 runs scored
  • Stole four bases, collected three triples and was hit by six pitches
  • Collected three hits on July 2 against the Nationals
  • Had two hits in three straight games July 20-24
  • Drove in a career-high four runs on July 21 against the Nationals
  • Hit first pro home run on August 4 against the Marlins and homered again the next game against the Astros
  • Had his first career four-hit game on August 13 against the Astros with three RBI
  • Hit .425 against lefties with 10 RBI in just 40 at-bats
  • Hit .358 in August with eight RBI and eight runs scored in 16 games
  • Hit .286 with runners in scoring position.

2011:

  • Played in 28 games for the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Cardinals as a 17-year old
  • Hit .239 with one double, seven RBI, eight runs scored and four stolen bases
  • Made his pro debut on July 8
  • Collected first pro hit on July 9 against the Mets
  • Had an eight-game hitting streak from August 12-23
  • Drive in two runs in three straight games August 12-15
  • Hit .263 against lefties and .286 in home games
  • Hit .429 in 14 at-bats with runners in scoring position and two outs.

High School:

  • At Westchester High School in the Los Angeles area, he hit .404 in his final season with a .500 OBP
  • Drove in 23 runs in 89 at-bats with 26 runs scored, five homers, 14 stolen bases and eight doubles
  • As a junior in 2010 batted .462 with 35 RBI and 34 runs scored in 91 at-bats
  • Crushed five homers, with 11 doubles and two triples as a junior as the Comets won their second consecutive City Section Division II title
  • One of three Westchester players drafted in 2011 along with Dodgers 10th rounder Jamaal Moore (LHP) and Mets 13th rounder Robert Gsellman (RHP)
  • Among the long list of famous alums from Westchester HS are: Former Cardinals OF Brian Barton, former Twins infielder Roy Smalley, Angels bench coach Rob Picciolo former NFL star Ken Norton Jr., NBA players Trevor Ariza and Amir Johnson, the late actor Phil Hartman and actress Regina King

Professional Career Highs
Hits: 4, August 13, 2012 at Astros
Runs: 2, last, August 30 vs. Burlington
Home Runs: 1, last August 23 at Burlington
RBI: 4,last, August 11 vs. Bluefield Game 1
Doubles: 1, many times, last August 30 vs. Burlington
Triples: 1, many times, last August 11 vs. Bluefield Game 2
Walks: 2, last, July 4 vs. Kingston
Strikeouts: 4, August 26 at Danville
Stolen Bases: 2, August 11, 2012 at Marlins
Hit Streak: 8, August 12-23, 2011

Video clip of a Peoples-Walls home run

And here is an article and audio interview with Brian Walton from TheCardinalsNation.com

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