Christian Walker
Christian Walker
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Arizona Diamondbacks
Day-To-Day
Injury Hip
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Walker is 28 years old and has managed 99 plate appearances at the big-league level over the past four seasons, owning a .163/.226/.388 line for his efforts. Meanwhile, he has amassed 2,282 plate appearances in Triple-A and has a .279/.344/.494 line there. This is the tale of a Quad-A player in that he has been able to hang around on the 40-man roster for this long, but has not yet had any opportunity to stick in the majors. Now that Paul Goldschmidt is no longer in Arizona, perhaps Walker will get a chance to show he can hit big-league pitching, though the Diamondbacks are expected to slot Jake Lamb in as the starter at first base to begin the season. Walker is out of options, so he has to make the 25-man roster or be exposed to waivers and take his Triple-A mashing to another organization. Read Past Outlooks
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Battling minor hip issue
1BArizona Diamondbacks
Hip
April 21, 2019
Walker's absence from the lineup Sunday against the Cubs is due to a hip pointer, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
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The minor injury explains why Walker will hit the bench following a four-hit performance. He's expected to return to the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+65%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+278%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .848 70 11 6 8 1 .219 .286 .563
Since 2017vs Right 1.036 74 9 5 11 3 .323 .405 .631
2019vs Left .792 28 4 1 1 0 .217 .357 .435
2019vs Right 1.303 48 8 5 10 3 .422 .458 .844
2018vs Left .688 32 5 3 5 1 .188 .188 .500
2018vs Right .462 21 1 0 1 0 .118 .286 .176
2017vs Left 1.511 10 2 2 2 0 .333 .400 1.111
2017vs Right .400 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+41%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+131%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+66%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+56%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .782 71 9 5 8 0 .203 .282 .500
Since 2017Away 1.103 73 11 6 11 4 .338 .411 .692
2019Home .638 32 3 1 1 0 .179 .281 .357
2019Away 1.473 44 9 5 10 3 .475 .523 .950
2018Home .741 29 4 2 5 0 .214 .241 .500
2018Away .446 24 2 1 1 1 .095 .208 .238
2017Home 1.400 10 2 2 2 0 .250 .400 1.000
2017Away .900 5 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .500
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How does Christian Walker compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.35
 
BB Rate
10.5%
 
K Rate
30.3%
 
BABIP
.462
 
ISO
.353
 
AVG
.353
 
OBP
.421
 
SLG
.706
 
OPS
1.127
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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2016
2015
2014
Walker earned Pacific Coast League MVP honors in 2017, setting new career-highs in homers (32), RBI (114), steals (5), slugging percentage (.597) and OPS (.979). In previous runs at the Triple-A level, Walker's strikeout rate hovered around 25 percent, but he trimmed the number to an impressive 17.6 percent last season, while drawing walks at a career-high 10.3 percent clip. In a September callup, Walker homered twice in 15 plate appearances, but he was used primarily as a right-handed bat off the bench with expanded rosters. Although he's played regularly in left field as recently as 2016, the D-backs were deploying Walker almost exclusively at first base in Reno, a position where he's blocked by Paul Goldschmidt indefinitely in Arizona. With nothing left to prove at Triple-A, the only question is whether he'll get a chance at the big-league level in 2018. If the D-backs were to decide that Yasmany Tomas is a sunk cost, it would go a long way toward opening the door for Walker to get that chance.
With Chris Davis occupying first base for the foreseeable future and first base prospect Trey Mancini waiting in the wings, the Orioles decided to move Walker to the outfield in order to open up an easier path to the big leagues. Walker again began his season with Triple-A Norfolk, as he did in 2014 and 2015, as well. His development has seemed to level off over the past couple of seasons at Triple-A. His walk rate has decreased in each of the last two seasons and though his average and slugging percentage both ticked up in 2016, his overall wRC+ remained stagnant at 116. Walker will be 26 years old by the time Opening Day rolls around, and it's looking increasingly likely that his potential MLB impact may be limited. He is on the 40-man roster and may see the field for the Orioles this year, but his long-term fantasy outlook is bleak.
Walker showed he mastered Double-A in 2014 before stalling in 44 Triple-A games. He spent the entire 2015 season at Triple-A and produced a solid but not outstanding season, closely mirroring his Triple-A numbers from the prior season. Walker has 31 September plate appearances over the last two Septembers and it is time for the Orioles to see what they have with him. With Walker, the Orioles have an above average power hitter, but his strikeout rate has increased at the higher levels, approaching a 25% K% in Triple-A the last two seasons. Walker appears to have fallen behind Trey Mancini in the organization's prospect rankings. Mancini should make a push to Triple-A in 2016, so it may be now or never for Walker. The Orioles will need to sign Chris Davis or replace him. Walker is the top internal candidate and he could in theory compete for the starting job in spring training, but there is a strong possibility the club signs or trades for a first baseman.
The 23-year-old first baseman got his first taste of the big leagues in 2014, thanks in large part to Chris Davis getting suspended for the final two weeks of the season after testing positive for amphetamines. He started the season at Double-A Bowie, and certainly deserved a promotion after slashing .301/.367/.516 with 20 home runs in 411 plate appearances, but under normal circumstances he may not have gotten another promotion so soon after slashing .259/.335/.428 in just 44 games at Triple-A. With Davis eligible to open the season at first base, and Steve Pearce presumably assured of a spot on the Opening Day roster, Walker will likely spend most of 2015 at Triple-A attempting to build off his power outburst in 2014. There are very few first-base prospects that are as close to contributing as Walker, but if he were to be given a full-time role due to a trade or an injury to Davis or Pearce, he would profile as a second division player, at best.
Walker earned passing grades in his first full pro season, advancing from Low-A to Double-A by the end of the season. Power is Walker's most valuable tool and he showed off with 11 home runs at the lower two levels. The Orioles should be happy with his .300 average on the season, though his production dropped as he advanced. Walker should begin 2014 at Double-A, but he is probably more than a year away from being able to help the Orioles after being selected by the organization as a fourth-round pick in 2012.
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Heads to bench
1BArizona Diamondbacks
April 21, 2019
Walker is not starting Sunday against the Cubs.
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Pounds out four hits
1BArizona Diamondbacks
April 20, 2019
Walker went 4-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a walk in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Cubs.
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Continues power barrage
1BArizona Diamondbacks
April 18, 2019
Walker went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Braves.
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Plays hero in ninth
1BArizona Diamondbacks
April 16, 2019
Walker went 3-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 9-6 win over Atlanta.
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Collects three hits
1BArizona Diamondbacks
April 14, 2019
Walker went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Sunday's 8-4 win over San Diego.
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