Christian Walker
Christian Walker
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Arizona Diamondbacks
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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Makes impact off bench
1BArizona Diamondbacks
August 17, 2019
Walker went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's 11-6 loss to the Giants.
Walker entered as part of a double switch in the seventh inning and clubbed his 22nd homer of the year off Giants reliever Andrew Suarez in the bottom half of the frame. The first baseman owns a .260/.348/.479 line with 56 RBI an 64 runs scored across 116 games this year.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .824 178 24 10 17 2 .244 .337 .487
Since 2017vs Right .811 353 48 17 47 6 .253 .337 .474
2019vs Left .802 136 17 5 10 1 .252 .368 .435
2019vs Right .836 327 47 17 46 6 .264 .339 .497
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
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .823 266 37 14 35 3 .249 .338 .485
Since 2017Away .808 265 35 13 29 5 .251 .336 .472
2019Home .810 227 31 10 28 3 .254 .348 .462
2019Away .843 236 33 12 28 4 .267 .347 .495
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Christian Walker
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Breakdown
Chris Bennett notes that after watching the Dodgers launch bombs Friday in Suntrust Park, it's hard not to expect more fireworks against Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz.
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6 days ago
Mike Barner is excited about a D-Backs stack against the Rockies as part of an eight-game slate Monday.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Saturday Picks
8 days ago
Adam Wainwright may be inconsistent this year, but Sasha Yodashkin points out his excellent home numbers and the fact he'll be facing a poor Pirates' personnel.
Yahoo DFS Baseball: Wednesday Picks
11 days ago
Mike Barner is banking on a Brewers stack Wednesday against Trevor Williams and the Pirates.
FanDuel MLB: Wednesday Breakdown
11 days ago
Kevin Payne looks at Wednesday's short evening slate and thinks the Padres' Joey Lucchesi could offer some savings while still retaining upside on the mound.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Out of Saturday's lineup
1BArizona Diamondbacks
August 17, 2019
Walker is not in Saturday's lineup against the Giants.
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Heads to bench
1BArizona Diamondbacks
August 10, 2019
Walker isn't starting Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
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Out of lineup
1BArizona Diamondbacks
August 2, 2019
Walker is not starting Friday against Washington.
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Goes deep in win
1BArizona Diamondbacks
July 31, 2019
Walker went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Yankees.
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Checks back into lineup
1BArizona Diamondbacks
July 29, 2019
Walker (elbow) will start at first base and bat cleanup Monday against the Marlins.
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