APPOINTED: Named as the Bullpen Coach of the Toronto Blue Jays on June 7, 2002...Appointed Pitching Coach beginning in the 2010 season.
PERSONAL: Bruce Kenneth Walton...Married with three children...Graduated in 1981 from North Bakersfield High School where he lettered in baseball and basketball...Named as a College Freshman All-American while attending the University of Hawaii...Was a draft pick of the Oakland Athletics in the 1985 June draft.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Pitched in parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues (Oakland, Montreal and Colorado), winning his only two decisions in relief...Pitched in a total of 11 professional seasons, compiling a 63-51 Minor League record with a 3.51 ERA...Tied for California League lead in starts (27), placed second in innings pitched (176) and led the Modesto staff in wins (13) and strikeouts (107) in 1986...Tied for second in the Pacific Coast League in saves (20) and placed third in games finished (38). Made Major League debut against the Yankees on May 11, 1991...Recorded his first Major league win on June 6, 1991 at Milwaukee...Led International League relievers in baserunners/9 IP ratio (8.44), finished third in opponents' batting average (.205) and third in BB/9 IP ratio (1.27) during the 1993 season...Ranked fourth in the league in saves (13), relief points (48) and tied for games finished (38)...Concluded career in the Northern League where he led in saves (28) and games finished (38) and placed second in appearances (41)...Notched saves in 11 consecutive appearances July 8-August 4...Appeared in three playoff games and hurled two scoreless innings for the Northern League champs.
COACHING CAREER: Began his coaching career in the Blue Jays organization in 1996, working as the Pitching Coach for Medicine Hat of the Pioneer League...Assumed duties as the pitching coach for Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League the following year...Served as a pitching instructor for the teams in the Blue Jays Minor League system from 1998 into 2002...Was then named as the Bullpen Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays on June 7, 2002...Now in his 16th season with the Blue Jays, he returns for a third season as Pitching Coach.