After spending his first two seasons pitching at Parkland College, former Reed-Custer standout Jordan Walden decided to take his talents to Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., where he is currently working toward completing a communications marketing degree.
“The transition wasn’t very difficult,” Walden said. “A lot of what happens in junior college is what happens at universities, too, so it wasn’t to much of a transition for me.”
As a junior this season on his new squad, Walden saw limited action on the bump. He appeared in just four games, where he finished 0-1 with a 10.12 ERA over 10.2 innings pitched. Additionally, he finished with nine strikeouts and nine walks.
Unsurprisingly, because of limited playing time, Walden’s favorite memory of this year’s shortened season came on opening day in Florida.
“My favorite moment was probably opening day down in Florida,” Walden said. “It was nice to get down to warm weather and play in a nice stadium in front of a lot of fans.”
Knowing that he wants to take on a bigger role next year as a senior, Walden has been putting all his focus toward baseball since being locked in quarantine.
“Honestly, it’s all been baseball related. My best friend (Brent Headrick) lives down the street from me, and he is in the Minnesota Twins organization,” Walden said. “He’s put a gym in his garage, and we’ve just been getting together every morning and working out, getting throwing in and staying in shape for when we can play again.”
All this time away from baseball and school has somewhat gotten to Walden.
Not being able to go through the daily routines of practices and being able to compete has not sat well with him since returning home because of the coronavirus.
“I miss all of it, being around friends and competition and the grind day in and day out,” Walden said. “I just miss all of it.”