Prospect Watch: Christian Walker

Tyler's BylineSouth Carolina is one of the better hitting teams in college baseball and has had powerful lineups throughout the years.

Christian Walker spent time hitting in one of the Gamecocks’ lineups, leading the team with a .321 batting average in his final season in 2012.

572233Walker’s strong play caught the eye of the Orioles’ front office and they decided to draft him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

He spent his first season in short-season Single-A Aberdeen and finished the season with a .284 average.

Walker started the next season in Single-A Delmarva, but quickly moved up to Frederick after batting .353.

Frederick proved to be just as easy for Walker and after a short period with the Keys, he was promoted for the third time that season; moving up to Double-A Bowie.

He finished the 2013 season with a combined .300 average, 11 homeruns and 56 RBI.

Things have gotten even better for Walker this season, as he has found his power stroke.

Walker has 18 homeruns this season in 73 games, leading Baltimore’s minor league system. He has also managed 64 RBI and a .314 average.

It’s only a matter of time before Walker gets called up to Baltimore, especially with Chris Davis’ future with the team in question.

Christian Walker has been nothing but consistent in the minors for the Orioles and could start at first base for the team in the near future.