Nearly five years after the Milwaukee Brewers made him a second-round draft pick, Max Walla is right back where he started. Except now, the former Albuquerque Academy star is basically starting his career over.
Walla, who was known for his prodigious power but also pitched while at Academy, is at the Brewers spring training complex in Phoenix and is in the process of converting from outfielder to pitcher.
“They told me the last week of spring training,” Walla said. “Initially, I basically said give me a little bit of time to think about and pray about it. And that’s what I did. I went back to the hotel for a few hours and decided that it was a good opportunity and called them and told them I’d be there tomorrow as a pitcher.”
Walla, who was the 73rd pick of the 2009 draft, hadn’t thrown a pitch in a game since tossing a complete game in Academy’s 2009 state championship win but said he’s had no troubles yet in his return to the mound.