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4/28/2011 8:35:43 PM

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I decided to ask because I think Christian Walker is perhaps the best overall hitter in the country. Coming into the year I think I would've argued that Jackie Bradley was as good as anyone, but he was having a tough time for much of the season. Anthony Rendon would've gotten some votes, and he's had a good year, but not great. Jeremy Baltz tore up the Big East as a freshman but he's suffered through a sophomore slump this year - again, good but not great.

I decided to look at the guys with the best numbers in major conferences to see if I could make my argument for Walker on the basis of the statistics.

Walker is hitting .374/58 H/12 doubles/9 HR/43 RBI/1.092 OBS

CJ Cron - Utah (not a power conference but you can't ignore these numbers) .463/62 H/9 HR/43 RBI/1.343 OBS
Brad Miller - Clemson .431/45 H/2 HR/ 31 RBI/1.13 OBS - but he has missed some games
Jarrod Parks - Miss State .409/54 H/11 doubles/2 HR/ 30 RBI/1.116 OBS
Joey Rikard - Arizona .404/65 H/10 doubles/2 HR/24 RBI (what?)/.966 OBS
Garrett Buechele - Oklahoma .395/68 H/7 HR/51 RBI/1.212 OBS
Andrew Rash - Va Tech .365/52 H/16 doubles/16 HR!!!/44 RBI/1.239 OBS
Colin Moran - UNC .348/56 H/12 doubles/7 HR/54 RBI/1.032 OBS
Anthony Rendon - Rice .350/50 H/13 doubles/4 HR/24 RBI(????)/1.104 OBS

Without going back and checking to see if each guy has faced the team with the best pitching in his conference, I can only guess that Walker, Parks, Beuchele, and Rikard have put up their numbers against the best arms. Cron has probably faced the weakest pitching but he's mashing the ball regardless. Rash's power numbers are even better than most sluggers is conferences with crap pitching. He is putting up Georgia Southern and College of Charleston power numbers in the ACC. That is sick.

I still like Walker, but that comes from the benefit of watching him play every night. He just destroys the ball when he hits it. He hits screamers all over the park and as the weather continues to warm up - watch out for his power.

Who do you think is the best? Somebody from this list or did I leave the best off the list?
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