May 22, 2001
Yankees Prospect May Quit
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
David Walling, the Yankees' No. 1 draft pick in 1999, will make a decision on whether he wants to continue playing baseball in the next few weeks, his agent said yesterday. Walling, 22, left the Yankees' Class AA affiliate earlier this month, after a slow start, and is tending to what Mark Newman, the Yankees vice president, and Jeff Riolo, the agent, referred to as personal issues.
If he addresses those issues to his satisfaction, Riolo said, Walling, a right-handed pitcher, could return to the Yankees' farm system this summer or next spring. If he does not, he could end his career.
"This is open to discussion right now," said Riolo, who added that Walling would continue to stay in good shape — but not throw — as he considered his options.
Walling was in spring training with the Yankees this year, and Mel Stottlemyre, the Yankees' pitching coach, wanted to keep him in camp as long as possible before he was assigned to a minor league team.