COLUMBIA - South Carolina junior first baseman Christian Walker has been selected in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Walker was the No. 132nd overall pick in the draft by the Baltimore Orioles.
Walker earned first-team All-SEC honors this year and is the teamâ??s leading hitter with a .319 average (67-for-210) with 44 runs scored, 11 homers and 53 RBI.
The Baltimore Orioles have several former Gamecocks currently in the organization. Steve Pearce (2004-05) and Steve Tolleson (2003-05) are both currently in, â??The Show,â?? with the Orioles right now with Brian Roberts (1999) on the disabled list. Justin Dalles (2009) is also a member of the organization at the Single-A level in Frederick of the Carolina League.
The Orioles also picked USC junior reliever Matt Price in the seventh round (#222 overall). Price is the all-time saves leader at South Carolina with 40 as well as appearances with 97 for the Garnet & Black. Price is one save shy of the SEC record of 41 set by Joshua Fields of Georgia (2005-08).
In the eighth round, the Arizona Diamondbacks took junior outfielder Evan Marzilli (#273 overall). Marzilli earned 2012 SEC All-Defensive team honors and he is one of two players on the squad this year to have started all 60 games. Marzilli is hitting .288 (68-for-236) with 12 doubles, three triples, a pair of homers, 30 RBI and 50 runs scored.
USC senior left-hander Michael Roth was selected in the ninth round. Roth was the No. 297 overall pick in the draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
A two-time captain and the 2012 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Roth is 6-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 16 starts with 107 1/3 innings pitched. He has 76 strikeouts to 35 walks and opponents are batting just .215 against him. In SEC games, Roth went 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA. Roth earned Consensus All-America honors in 2011 and was CollegeBaseballInsider.comâ??s National Player of the Year. He started both the championship-clinching games of the 2010 and 2011 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
(USC Sports Information contributed to this report).