Arizona Diamondbacks call up Aces’ slugging first baseman

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Reno Aces’ Christian Walker rounds first base after homering on opening night Thursday. The reigning MVP of the Pacific Coast League was called up to the Arizona Diamonbacks just before Saturday’s game.
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Christian Walker’s road to the show finally may have arrived.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says the team has promoted the 2017 Pacific Coast League MVP to the majors, optioning pitcher Matt Koch back down to the Aces in the process. Walker finished last season batting a blistering .309 with 32 home runs and 114 runs driven-in along with a stellar .980 OPS.

Walker got his first-taste with the Diamondbacks in late September last season, hitting .250 with two homers in 12 at-bats. The first baseman started his 2018 season on the right foot, belting one home run and four RBIs in two games for Reno.

Walker will add some much-needed power for Arizona and can be utilized as a pinch-hitter with some pop in his bat.

On Sunday, first baseman Cody Decker was moved up to Reno from the Double-A Jackson Generals

The Aces dropped the third game in their series with the Fresno Grizzlies, 15-8, in a game that lasted nearly four hours.

On Sunday, first baseman Cody Decker was moved up to Reno from the Double-A Jackson Generals. Decker, 31, was a 22nd round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2009. He can also play third base, left field and catcher. He is 12 shy of 200 career home runs.Cody Decker

-Isaiah Burrows

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About Isaiah Burrows

Tahoe Onstage sportswriter Isaiah Burrows also is a general assignment reporter for, an online news source in Carson City. He is a journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he writes sports for the Sagebrush student newspaper. He is the Reno Aces beat writer for Tahoe Onstage.

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