The 25-year-old Walker hit .296 (126-for-426) with 29 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs, 66 RBI and 57 runs scored in
110 games this year after being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on May 25.
Pittsburgh’s first-round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft ranked fifth among National League rookies in RBI, sixth
in hits, sixth in total bases (197), fifth in slugging percentage (.462) and seventh in on-base percentage (.349). He also tied
for fourth in extra base hits (44) and doubles while being named the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award winner by the Pittsburgh
chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America; an award presented annually since 1973 to the team MVP.
This is the second straight year a Pirate has been named to the Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team. Outfielder
Andrew McCutchen was named to the 2009 team while also being named the Major League Rookie-of-the-Year by Baseball
America and finishing fourth in voting for the MLB Jackie Robinson Rookie-of-the-Year award.
Since Topps began naming a Major League Rookie All-Star Team in 1959, Pittsburgh’s Woodie Fryman (1966), Al Oliver
(1969), Dave Cash (1970), Steve Nicosia (1979), Tony Pena (1981), Al Pedrique (1987), Mike Dunne (1987),
Carlos Garcia (1993), Steve Cooke (1993), Jason Kendall (1996), Jose Guillen (1997), Warren Morris (1999), Craig Wilson (2001), Jason Bay (2004), Mike Gonzalez (2004) and Andrew McCutchen (2009) have also been named to
The Rookie All-Stars will each have a trophy on their 2011 trading card in Topps Baseball, with Series One due out in early
The Major League Rookie All-Star Team is one of a number of awards programs managed by Topps to reward and encourage
young ballplayers. Since 1959, Topps has annually bestowed honors on minor leaguers, baseball scouts and the Baseball Organization
of the Year.