The Orioles today announced that they have selected the contract of infielder Christian Walker from Triple-A Norfolk.
Walker, 23, was named the 2014 Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year. He hit a combined .288/.357/.489 with 53 extra-base hits, 96 RBI and 73 runs scored in 139 total games with Double-A Bowie (.301/.367/.516 in 95 games) and Triple-A Norfolk (.259/.335/.428 in 44 games), leading all Orioles minor leaguers in home runs (26) and RBI (96) in 2014.
He was named the first baseman for the 2014 Eastern League Season Ending All-Star Team, finishing the season among the EL leaders despite being promoted to Triple-A in July, ranking 2nd in RBI (77), 3rd in slugging (.516) and 6th in average (.301). He also was Named EL Player of the Week twice, for the weeks ending April 20 and May 18.
Walker was originally selected by the Orioles in the 4th round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina. He will wear #18.
With this move, the Orioles 40-man roster is full.