The Angels took Walden in the 12th round of the 2006 draft and made him a draft-and-follow player. He played at a Texas community college in 2007 and showed he had regained some of the velocity he lost in his senior season in high school. So the team signed him, and I first got to see him throw an instructional league game in October 2007. When I saw him, he had made 15 starts in the short-season Pioneer League in his pro debut, and he threw three innings in the contest I watched. Sometimes in scouting all you get is one look, so that was what I had to go on in writing the report.
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