Scouting a pair of SEC first basemen
May, 26, 2012
By Kiley McDaniel | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Tom PriddyChristian Walker has an uphill battle as a right-handed hitting first base prospect.South Carolina first baseman Christian Walker is a low-risk, high-probability college hitter, yet still gets a pretty wide range of projections from scouts. The junior -- who Keith Law has ranked as the No. 76 prospect in the class -- is a power-hitting performer but is coming off a hamate injury, has the body of a catcher and is a right-handed hitter who isn't incredibly athletic.
The comparisons for Walker would range, best to worst, from Kevin Millar to Aaron Bates, as stout right-handed hitting bat-only type 1B/DH prospects. (Bates was a third-rounder in 2006 out of NC State who has spent parts of four seasons in Triple-A, with a stint with the Red Sox in 2009.)