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Christian Walker (baseball)

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Christian Walker
Christian Walker and Terrance Gore (34704604521) (cropped).jpg
Walker with the Reno Aces in 2017
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 53
First baseman
Born: (1991-03-28) March 28, 1991 (age 29)
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 17, 2014, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2020 season)
Batting average.253
Home runs42
Runs batted in116
Teams

Christian Dickson Walker (born March 28, 1991) (nickname Ya-Ya) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles.

Career

Amateur career

Walker attended Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown, Pennsylvania.[1] He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 49th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign. Walker attended the University of South Carolina and played college baseball for the South Carolina Gamecocks from 2010 to 2012. While there, he helped the Gamecocks win the College World Series in 2010 and 2011. He also helped the team reach the 2012 College World Series, where they lost to the Arizona Wildcats. He finished tied with Dustin Ackley for most career hits in the College World Series.[2] Overall in his career at South Carolina, he played in 206 games and hit 336/.427/.533 with 30 home runs and 137 runs batted in. In 2011, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3]

Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles selected Walker in the fourth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[4][5] He made his debut for the Aberdeen IronBirds. He played in 22 games and hit .284/.376/.420 with two home runs. Walker started 2013 with the Delmarva Shorebirds.[6] In May he was promoted to the Frederick Keys.[7] In July he played in the All-Star Futures Game.[8] After the game he was promoted to the Double-A Bowie Baysox. He finished the year playing in 103 games and hit .300/.362/.453 with 11 home runs. Walker started 2014 back with Bowie.[9][10]

On September 17, 2014, Walker was called up to the Orioles from AAA-Norfolk.[11] He made his major league debut later that day. Facing Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J. A. Happ, Walker hit a double for his first major league hit.[12] On September 20, he had his first multi-hit game, including his first career major league home run, off of Boston Red Sox starter, Rubby De La Rosa.[13]

On February 21, 2017, the Orioles designated Walker for assignment.[14]

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Atlanta Braves claimed Walker off of waivers on February 25.[15] On March 6, 2017, the Cincinnati Reds claimed Walker.[16]

On March 28, 2017, Walker was waived by the Reds and claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks who assigned him to the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League (PCL). He was selected as the 2017 PCL Most Valuable Player.[17]

Walker was called up to the bigs as a 1st baseman and played in 11 games in 2017 for the Diamondbacks, batting .250 with 2 homers. He played in 37 games in 2018, for a .163 average with 3 home runs.

In 2019, Walker hit .259/.348/.476 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs. He had a 9 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) rating, the best in the National League among first basemen, and led all major league first basemen with 139 assists.[18][19] In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he hit .271/.333/.459 with 7 home runs and 34 RBIs.

References

  1. ^ "Slugger is drawing lots of attention Kennedy-Kenrick's Christian Walker makes noise with his bat". Philly.com. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "USC notebook: Walker ties two CWS records in loss to Arizona". GoUpstate.com. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Christian Walker Drafted By Baltimore Orioles". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "Price, Walker excited to be teammates with O's". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  6. ^ "Former South Carolina stars Matt Price, Christian Walker remain teammates as they adjust to minor league baseball". Post and Courier. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "From Delmarva to Frederick, Christian Walker's bat keeps rolling". MASNsports. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Walker added to Futures Game". Frederick Keys. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "Christian Walker's good start for Bowie and some O's rotation talk". MASNsports. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Walker realizing his power potential in Bowie". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  11. ^ Connolly, Dan (September 17, 2014). "Making major league debut, Christian Walker says he's 'happy to be here'". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  12. ^ Encina, Eduardo A. (September 17, 2014). "Kennedy-Kenrick grad Christian Walker called up to Majors by Baltimore Orioles; gets first hit". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 27, 2017 – via The Times Herald.
  13. ^ Meoli, Jon (September 21, 2014). "Orioles rookie Christian Walker's first home run validates yearlong commitment to approach". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Bowman, Mark (February 25, 2017). "Braves claim 1B/OF Walker off waivers". MLB.com. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 6, 2017). "Braves lose Walker to Reds' waiver claim". MLB.com. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  17. ^ "Aces' Walker honored as PCL's Most Valuable Player". MILB.com. September 1, 2017. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  18. ^ "2019 Major League Baseball Fielding Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. January 1, 1970. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  19. ^ "Major League Leaderboards » 2019 » First Basemen » Fielding Statistics | FanGraphs Baseball". Fangraphs.com. January 1, 2019. Retrieved October 7, 2019.

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