We continue the list today with number 51 in our countdown with Kansas junior RHP TJ Walz. He is from Omaha Nebraska as he attended Skutt Catholic High School. He picked up three letters playing under head coach Keith Englekamp. His senior season saw him go 11-1 with a 1.81 ERA while striking out 136 batters in 81 innings.
Walz made appearances in 16 games during his freshman season with seven starts. He ended up going 4-1 with a 5.00 ERA. One of his victories during the season was against number 9 ranked Nebraska as he went 7.2 innings while allowing six hits and three runs as he returned to his home state. He played the summer of 2008 with the Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods Baseball League. He made nine starts with a record of 1-4 with a 2.34 ERA in nine starts. He ended up striking out 65 batters in 50 innings of work.
Walz had a solid sophomore campaign in 2009 as he went 8-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 14 starts for the Kansas Jayhawks. He recorded 88 strikeouts in 82.1 innings of work. One of his best performances last year was against Arizona State where he pitched 6.1 innings allowing only one earned run while leading them to a 3-2 victory over the strong Sun Devils squad. He was honored after the season was over to Second-Team All-Big 12 while being named First Team All-Academic Big 12. He pitched the summer with the USA Collegiate National Team where he had a 2-0 record with a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings of work. He also struck out 22 batters while walking six batters.
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