Meet Ryan Walker, a baseball star, and native Snohomish County young man, who is now pitching for the San Francisco Giants in the minors for Eugene. He graduated from and played for Arlington High School. Ryan was highly recruited in college by many schools including the University of Washington, University of Oregon, and Arizona State University before he settled on Washington State University, where he would start and then be drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2018.
He will be heading home this week to play against the Everett AquaSox, with dad Mark in the stands as an AquaSox season seat holder, but obviously rooting for Ryan and Eugene! Score a ticket if you can, to encourage and watch our successful local athlete!
He comes from a baseball family; his father Mark Walker also came out of Arlington High School playing first base before heading to play for Gonzaga. Mark has coached Little League and umpired for many years and will again this coming season in Lake Stevens.
With Mark’s encouragement and guidance, Ryan would play Little League and Premier leagues winning many first-place district titles and state credos before taking Arlington High School to state playoffs.
His father knew from the time Ryan was young where he was headed. Playing catch at the age of three, Ryan famously threw the ball 30 feet above his Dad’s head. Mark says Ryan has always had two career goals, baseball, and law enforcement.
Ryan holds a degree in Criminal Justice from WSU and when the baseball days are over intends to pursue his other life’s goal as a Police Officer.
Listen to Monday night’s Prep Sports broadcast at 7:00 pm on KRKO-AM 1380 or 95.3 FM for Ryan’s live interview. You can also stream with the mobile app or online at Everettpost.com
Enjoy the photo gallery below of what a young aspiring baseball player looks like.