The Orioles have agreed to terms with 4th round pick Christian Walker, according to Steve Melewski of MASN Sports. Walker signed for slot, which is $349,900, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
They have now signed 27 of their 40 draft picks.
Don’s Thoughts: Whether or not you like this pick depends how much faith you have that the hit tool and power can translate to professional pitching. He should have above average contact potential, but I am bearish and see simply average power.
Against better pitching, he just did not look like he would put up power numbers against advanced pitching in the future. He works counts well, is always patient, and has a very good overall approach to the plate.
He is a good athlete and moves around the bag well. Walker always shows the ability to get on base and moves around the bases well for his size. On base percentage is seen as a huge need with the Orioles philosophy and his ability to work counts and get on base was seen as an asset with the Gamecocks.
When he was in high school, he looked like a future dual threat bat. The size and strength are present. He can hit and get on base. If he finds the power stroke against professional pitching, he could be a steal at this stage of the draft.