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    Christian Walker Scouting Report

    Written by Tony Pente

    #19  - Christian Walker - 1B
    Ht Wt  Bats Throws Born Draft
    6-0 220 R R  3/28/91 4th Rd 2012

    Scouting Grades - Definitions

    Current ??? Most Likely ??? Ceiling 5
    Major League Target Date

    Late-2014

    2012 Stats

    TM PA 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS  BB/PA K/PA
    Abn 93 5 0 2 9 2 1 10 14 .284 .376 .420 .796 9.30 6.64
    Bio: The one thing Christian Walker has done is get on base and that's what the Orioles saw when they took him in the 4th round of the 2012 draft after a standout career at the University of South Carolina. A Second-team ABCA All-American and 1st-team All-SEC after putting up a .321 average (77-for-240) with 48 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples and 11 homers, a phenomenal .450 on-base percentage to go along with a .525 slugging percentage in 67 games. He walked 51 times to just 24 strikeouts in 303 plate appearances. Was batting .329 with a .906 OPS through his first 19 games at Aberdeen before tweaking his lower back and finishing the year in a 0-for-11 spin. Missed the Instructional League due to the back, but is expected to 100 percent by spring training.

    Hitting/Running: Walker has quick short stroke that allows him to get his hands inside the ball. He can hit the ball to all fields and has shown big time batting practice power. Despite the BP power, some scouts didn't believe he shows the kind of game-time power needed to be a top major league first baseman which dropped his draft value. He's a well-below average runner who will move station to station.

    Defense/Intangibles: A wide-body guy who doesn't have a ton of lateral movement and well-below average footspeed means he's a first baseman with little defensive value. There were mixed reports on his defense at first base, but he was once an All-SEC defensive player so he's shown some ability with the glove in the past.  

    Conclusion: Walker is another one of these guys who is kind of untested at the pro-level so it's hard to really know what the Orioles have in him. There is little doubt he'd going to hit for some average and get on base, but the question will be whether he can develop into a solid 20-25 homer guy. He could easily be a top ten prospect by this time next year but he'll need to stay healthy and show some pop. With Nick Delmonico most likely scheduled for Frederick, Walker will most likely start the year in Delmarva but could move very quickly if he gets off to a fast start.


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