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Christian Dickson Walker

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Christian Walker was twice a member of the winning team in the College World Series.

Walker hit .588 as a high school senior. The Los Angeles Dodgers picked him in the 49th round of the 2009 amateur draft, two picks after Burch Smith. He went on to college instead of signing, deciding to attend the University of South Carolina. As a freshman, he batted .327/.384/.518 with 9 home runs and 51 RBI in 61 games in 2010. He stepped it up in the 2010 College World Series, hitting .414/.469/.621 with 5 RBI and two home runs in seven games, leading South Carolina in average and slugging. He homered off Casey Harman then singled in the go-ahead run in a must-win 4-3 victory over Clemson in the semifinal. He was 4 for 9 in the two 2-1 wins over UCLA in the championship round. Walker wound up as the All-Tournament 1B for the Series, which South Carolina won.

As a sophomore, Walker did better at the plate (.358/.438/.554, 21 2B, 64 R, 62 RBI in 69 G). He was among the Southeastern Conference leaders in doubles (tied for 5th), RBI (3rd behind Preston Tucker and Mike Zunino), runs (2nd to Zunino), hits (97, 2nd, one behind Zunino), home runs (10, tied for 5th) and total bases (150, 4th). He lost out All-SEC honors at 1B to Aaron Westlake. In the College World Series, he again shone, hitting .345/.400/.478 with four runs (though only 2 RBI) in five games despite a broken hamate bone in his left wrist. He was second on South Carolina in average, OBP and slugging and led in runs. In the final series, he was 4 for 9 against the University of Florida. With the first game of the finals tied at 1 in the 11th inning, he singled, stole second, took third on a Zunino error and scored on another error. He was again the All-Tournament pick at first base and South Carolina again won it all.

Christian produced at a .321/.450/.525 clip with 48 runs, 55 RBI, 11 home runs and 51 walks (against only 24 strikeouts) in 67 games as a junior in 2012. He then hit .381/.552/.429 in the 2012 College World Series, leading his team in OBP and average and again was All-Tournament at 1B. He was among the SEC leaders in slugging (8th), OBP (tied for 6th with Taylor Dugas), OPS (5th), runs (10th), hits (84, 7th), total bases (126, 6th), doubles (tied for 8th), home runs (7th), RBI (4th) and walks (1st). He made All-Conference first base. After the season, he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 4th round of the 2012 amateur draft and decided to sign with them on July 6th, foregoing his senior season.

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