College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 41 with South Carolina junior infielder Christian Walker. The Limerick, Pennsylvania native attended Kennedy-Kenrick High School. As a senior, he hit .588 while being named to the 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer All-S.E. Pennsylvania team. He ended up drafted in the 2009 MLB Draft in the 49th Round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He decided to spurn the Dodgers offer and head to South Carolina.
Walker stepped right into the South Carolina as a freshman becoming an everyday starter appearing in 61 games (51 starts) while hitting .327 with nine homers and 51 RBI. He was named a Freshman All-American by Baseball America, College World Series All-Tournament Team and to the SEC All-Freshman Team.
Christian continued to dominate throughout his sophomore season leading the Gamecocks in all three triple crown categories hitting at .358 with ten homers and 62 RBI. He picked up several awards including being named a third-team All-American by Baseball America, Second-team All-SEC honors, SEC All-Defensive Team, and College World Series All-Tournament Team. Walker participated in the entire College World Series with a broken hamate bone which did not allow him to play this summer with the 2011 USA Collegiate National Team.
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