Former Mercyhurst standout outfielder/pitcher Jamie Walczak, a pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization, has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Glendale (Ariz.) Desert Dogs. The first game is scheduled for Oct. 8.
Walczak, a 6-foot-2 inch, 195-pound right-hander from Painesville, Ohio, has had a solid year within the Reds organization. He started the season with Cincinnati’s Single-A affiliate, the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League, and threw 9 2/3 innings of scoreless relief before being called up to Double-A.
At Double-A Pensacola of the Southern League, Walczak has pitched in 22 games and is 0-1 with a 3.19 earned-run average for the Blue Wahoos. Walczak has walked 15 and struck out 42 in 31 innings, .
Walczak was drafted by the Reds in the 15th round (449th overall) of the 2009 draft.
Walczak played in the outfield before becoming the Lakers’ closer in his senior season in 2009. In four seasons, Walczak batted .341 (215-of-630) with 13 home runs and 102 runs batted in. His 76 hits during his senior season is tied for the program’s all-time single-season record (Zak Blair in 2011 and Shane Latshaw in 2012). In 17 appearances out of the bullpen, Walczak went 4-3 with five saves and a 0.93 earned run average in 2009.
Walczak is one of three former Lakers currently affiliated with major league teams. David Lough is an outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, while Blair plays for the rookie-level Arizona League Cubs.