Have a Day Christian Walker!
By Mike Franz
Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
2014 has been great to Christian Walker. After hitting 26 home runs and recording 96 RBI between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, Walker earned the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award.
Walker received a great ovation at Camden Yards when he accepted the award. This would not be the last time Orioles fans saw Walker at Camden Yards however. Just one day after the Orioles clinched their first AL East Division Title since 1997, Dan Duquette announced that the No. 4 prospect would be added to the Orioles’ active roster.
This could be seen as a tryout for the youngster for next year with Chris Davis‘ future with the Orioles in question. In his Major League debut, Walker went 1-3 with a double down the left field line in the Orioles’ 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays. After going 0-4 with two strikeouts in the series opener against the Red Sox, Walker rebounded in a big way tonight.
In the bottom of the second inning, Walker hit a line drive single to left field. During his next at-bat, Walker led off the bottom half of the fourth inning with the scored knotted at 2-a-piece. After working the count to 1-2, Walker connected on an off speed pitch and crushed the ball in the center field seats about five or six rows deep.
This home run showed off the first baseman’s bat speed as it could be compared to a spring being let loose. His solo home run was the first of his “big league” career and also the 201st Baltimore Oriole home run of the season.
Later in the game, Adam Jones hit his second two-run homer of the evening to extend the Orioles’ lead and Baltimore eventually beat the Red Sox by a score of 7-2.
So far, everyone from the players and management to the fans has been pleased with Walker’s performance both on the field and at the plate. If he keeps this up, Walker may see some playing time in the postseason next month.