Walker ties for Minors lead with two homers

D-backs No. 30 prospect collects second two-dinger game of year

Christian Walker leads the Pacific Coast League with 12 home runs, 42 runs scored and 99 total bases in 2017. (Reno Aces)

By Chris Tripodi / MiLB.com | May 18, 2017 7:10 PM ET

After he was cut by the Orioles in February, Christian Walker was claimed off waivers twice before finally latching on with Arizona.

The D-backs optioned him to the Triple-A Aces on March 30, and he's been manhandling Pacific Coast League pitching ever since.

Walker blasted two home runs to move into a tie for the most in the Minor Leagues this season with 12 as Reno beat Round Rock, 14-4, on Thursday at Greater Nevada Field. The multi-homer game marked his first since April 12 against Albuquerque and the sixth of his professional career.

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After lining out to left field in the first inning against right-hander Tyler Wagner, the No. 30 D-backs prospect homered on the first pitch he saw in the second, a three-run shot to left that punctuated a seven-run frame.

Walker flew out to center in the fourth before tagging Wagner with a solo shot to left with two outs in the sixth. He stands in a five-way tie for the Minor League lead while also topping the PCL with 46 RBIs. 

Video: Walker hits monster home run for Reno

The 2012 fourth-round pick hit for the cycle on May 14 and sports a six-game hitting streak, during which he's hit 12-for-29 with three homers, 11 runs scored and 10 RBIs. Walker has amassed a .306/.381/.631 slash line, a marked improvement over last season's .264/.321/.437 mark with Triple-A Norfolk. He needs six homers and 18 RBIs to match his 2016 numbers. 

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D-backs No. 18 prospect Jack Reinheimer went 2-for-4 with a home run, three runs and two RBIs, while No. 28 Ildemaro Vargas added two hits and three RBIs from the leadoff spot.

Eric Jokisch (3-0) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Chris Tripodi is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @christripodi. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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