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The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
Two Orioles minor leaguers have received a weekly honor from their respective leagues, their teams announced Monday. Double-A Bowie first baseman Christian Walker has been selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the second time this season, while High-A Frederick right-hander Parker Bridwell was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week. Walker, 23, batted .458 (11-for-24) with two home runs and six RBIs in six games during the week. He also had three doubles and five runs scored in that span.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
As Orioles rookie first baseman Christian Walker strove this season to develop as a power hitter and solidify his future at first base, a position where power is paramount, he never strayed from the hitting approach that had earned him acclaim. Hitters desperate for power can end up getting pull-happy and sacrifice the bat-to-ball skills that had carried them so far, and Walker, in search of over-the-fence power, continued to focus his approach on hitting up the middle of the field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The Orioles didn't initially expect to add one of their top position player prospects, first baseman Christian Walker, to their expanded roster this month. But with American League East wrapped up -- and 11 games remaining in the regular season -- the Orioles are expected to purchase Walker's contract from Triple-A Norfolk, according to a club source. Walker has been working out in Sarasota, Fla., as part of a taxi squad the Orioles could pluck from in case they needed an extra player.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
After the Orioles' 7-2 victory Saturday night over the Boston Red Sox, manager Buck Showalter was preparing himself for a postgame discussion with Adam Jones, whom he was considering sitting for Sunday's regular-season home finale. It would be a short turnaround for an afternoon game, but these kind of discussions are delicate for Showalter. Jones, the club's All-Star center fielder, wants to play every day, and usually does, ignoring the nagging bumps and bruises of a long season.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
A cast of minor league veterans and intriguing prospects are hitting the cover off the ball for Double-A Bowie, including first base prospect Christian Walker and outfielder Dariel Alvarez. Walker, despite not being on the 40-man roster and being behind Norfolk first baseman Brett Wallace on the proverbial depth chart, is being mentioned in some circles as an internal candidate to replace an injured Chris Davis in the short term. That speculation is likely premature, given his relative inexperience and the Orioles' 40-man situation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
The Orioles announced their organizational minor league player and pitcher of the year award winners Thursday. And while neither player started the season among the team's top 10 prospects, both worked their way to the doorstep of the major leagues with breakout years. First baseman Christian Walker was named the team's Brooks Robinson Player of the Year, while right-hander Tyler Wilson is the Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year recipient. Walker, the Orioles' fourth-round selection from the University of South Carolina in 2012, hit .288/.357/.489 with 26 home runs and 96 RBIs in 139 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
It took 48 hours, but the disciplinary sanctions the Orioles were hoping for were passed down by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph's head in the sixth inning Monday. “Like I said the time, I had a lot of confidence MLB would look at it and do what needs to be done,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I have a lot of confidence that when something like that happens, and emotions of players get in the way of good decisions, that the league office will remind them that certain things aren't tolerated.” After Stroman's 92-mph fastball sailed past Joseph's head, the rookie right-hander and both dugouts were warned by home plate umpire Ted Barrett.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
The Orioles, who over the last few years have proven that they don't like to be unprepared, will hold a taxi-squad-type camp at their complex in Sarasota, Fla., starting Saturday. The whole point is for players on the roster bubble -- guys who were on the fringes of being September call-ups but weren't initially added to the team -- to stay active in case they are needed this month. Knowing the way the Orioles have done things in the past few seasons, it would be a surprise if at least one wasn't recalled at some point before the regular season ends.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
First baseman Christian Walker was called up to a division-winning team in September to help give some players a break in the final 10 days of the season. Walker, 23, immediately was inserted into the Orioles' lineup Wednesday night. He struck out in his first at-bat and hit a flyout in his second. But in his third trip to the plate, in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ, Walker laced a double down the left-field line for his first major league hit. “It was exciting, you know.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
Two of the up-and-coming prospects in the Orioles organization, Double-A Bowie outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker, are both expected to be promoted to Triple-A Norfolk following the Eastern League All-Star break this week. The Orioles have yet to announce a roster move with either player, but the All-Star break is a common time for promotions to occur, and the sense throughout the organization is that the duo will join Norfolk later this week. Alvarez participated in the Major League Baseball Futures Game on Sunday in Minneapolis.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
First baseman Christian Walker was called up to a division-winning team in September to help give some players a break in the final 10 days of the season. Walker, 23, immediately was inserted into the Orioles' lineup Wednesday night. He struck out in his first at-bat and hit a flyout in his second. But in his third trip to the plate, in the seventh inning against Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ, Walker laced a double down the left-field line for his first major league hit. “It was exciting, you know.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Roughly two weeks ago, first baseman Christian Walker was at Camden Yards picking up his Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. On Wednesday, he was in the Orioles' starting lineup, batting seventh and playing first base in his major league debut. “I'm just really excited. I'm really happy to be here, and I'm glad they decided I was going to come up,” Walker said. “I'm looking forward to anything that lies ahead in the next few weeks.” Walker, 23, hit .288 with a .357 on-base percentage, a .489 slugging percentage, 26 homers and 96 RBIs in 139 games at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The sweet smell of celebration -- an odorous combination of champagne and beer -- still lingered inside the home clubhouse of Camden Yards one day after the Orioles wrapped up the American League East title. Backed by a two-homer game from Steve Pearce, there was no hangover Wednesday night as the Orioles swept the second-place Toronto Blue Jays with a 6-1 victory in front of an announced 37,537 giving the club its 10th win in the last 11 games. “That's what we do,” Pearce said of returning strong the day after clinching the division.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
It took 48 hours, but the disciplinary sanctions the Orioles were hoping for were passed down by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph's head in the sixth inning Monday. “Like I said the time, I had a lot of confidence MLB would look at it and do what needs to be done,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I have a lot of confidence that when something like that happens, and emotions of players get in the way of good decisions, that the league office will remind them that certain things aren't tolerated.” After Stroman's 92-mph fastball sailed past Joseph's head, the rookie right-hander and both dugouts were warned by home plate umpire Ted Barrett.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The Orioles didn't initially expect to add one of their top position player prospects, first baseman Christian Walker, to their expanded roster this month. But with American League East wrapped up -- and 11 games remaining in the regular season -- the Orioles are expected to purchase Walker's contract from Triple-A Norfolk, according to a club source. Walker has been working out in Sarasota, Fla., as part of a taxi squad the Orioles could pluck from in case they needed an extra player.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Ubaldo Jimenez, who has made just two relief appearances since being moved to the bullpen nearly a month ago, will receive at least one more start before the regular season ends. The right-hander will start Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Orioles manager Buck Showalter selected Jimenez over left-handed relievers T.J. McFarland and Joe Saunders. “We feel like it disrupts our bullpen the least; we think that he's the most equipped lengthwise,” Showalter said. “We feel like he's better equipped to pitch that part than say behind Mac or Joe. Also, we think he's our best option to win the game.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
As Orioles rookie first baseman Christian Walker strove this season to develop as a power hitter and solidify his future at first base, a position where power is paramount, he never strayed from the hitting approach that had earned him acclaim. Hitters desperate for power can end up getting pull-happy and sacrifice the bat-to-ball skills that had carried them so far, and Walker, in search of over-the-fence power, continued to focus his approach on hitting up the middle of the field.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Roughly two weeks ago, first baseman Christian Walker was at Camden Yards picking up his Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. On Wednesday, he was in the Orioles' starting lineup, batting seventh and playing first base in his major league debut. “I'm just really excited. I'm really happy to be here, and I'm glad they decided I was going to come up,” Walker said. “I'm looking forward to anything that lies ahead in the next few weeks.” Walker, 23, hit .288 with a .357 on-base percentage, a .489 slugging percentage, 26 homers and 96 RBIs in 139 games at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
The Orioles announced their organizational minor league player and pitcher of the year award winners Thursday. And while neither player started the season among the team's top 10 prospects, both worked their way to the doorstep of the major leagues with breakout years. First baseman Christian Walker was named the team's Brooks Robinson Player of the Year, while right-hander Tyler Wilson is the Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year recipient. Walker, the Orioles' fourth-round selection from the University of South Carolina in 2012, hit .288/.357/.489 with 26 home runs and 96 RBIs in 139 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
The Orioles, who over the last few years have proven that they don't like to be unprepared, will hold a taxi-squad-type camp at their complex in Sarasota, Fla., starting Saturday. The whole point is for players on the roster bubble -- guys who were on the fringes of being September call-ups but weren't initially added to the team -- to stay active in case they are needed this month. Knowing the way the Orioles have done things in the past few seasons, it would be a surprise if at least one wasn't recalled at some point before the regular season ends.
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