Christian grew up a Devil Rays fan and was born two months after Tampa Bay was awarded a franchise in March 1995…Rocco Baldelli was his favorite player, and he often proudly sported a green Baldelli jersey...He partnered with New Balance to donate shoes and apparel to the St. Petersburg chapter of the Salvation Army in January…he spoke to the kids and participated in character-building activities…Curtis Granderson's community efforts have been an inspiration to Christian...Christian altered his workout programming to better prepare physically for camp…this year, he made it a point to get accustomed to early wakeups and early bedtime…he also started hitting a month earlier, starting in November, and feels "100 percent better physically" than 2018… following an oblique injury last year, he had the unusual experience of rehabbing while living in his own Tampa home that he purchased two years ago, prior to joining the Rays...His mother raised him alone from age 2-12 and could be considered his first hitting coach…she read Ted Williams' The Science of Hitting and attended local hitting clinics, using that knowledge to teach Christian…she even threw him batting practice while eight months pregnant in preparation for U.S. National Team tryouts...While with the Giants, Matt Duffy provided Christian with instruction and advice in the minor leagues and at spring training…Arroyo credits him with helping ease his transition from shortstop to third base...He's an avid Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lightning fan…he attended several games this offseason, along with getting a chance to do some fishing.
Appeared in 20 games and made 16 starts (8-2B, 7-3B, 1-DH) with the Rays…was with the club from May 16-July 15, which included a stint on the 10-day DL, June 17-July 15, for a left oblique strain...Made his Rays debut at 22 years, 352 days, becoming the youngest positional player at the time of his Rays debut since Wil Myers (22.190) on June 18, 2013 and the youngest infielder since Reid Brignac (22.170) on July 4, 2008…was later surpassed by Willy Adames and Jakes Bauers...From May 17-18, became the first player to begin his Rays career with consecutive multi-hit games since Drew Sutton (3) in 2012…became the second player in club history age 22 or younger to begin his Rays career with consecutive multi- hit games, following Delmon Young (3) in 2006...On May 17 at LAA, his 5th-inning single off Tyler Skaggs marked his first hit as a Ray...On June 8 vs. SEA, his 5th-inning solo homer off Marco Gonzales was his first with the Rays and fourth of his career…became the sixth player born in Tampa to homer for the Rays, joining Fred McGriff (92), Matt Joyce (74), Tino Martinez (22), Ozzie Timmons (4) and Kevin Cash (2)…at 23 years, 9 days old, was the youngest Ray to homer as a second baseman since B.J. Upton in 2007...Was on the disabled list three times with Triple-A Durham: April 15-30 (right calf strain), July 30-Aug 15 (concussion) and Sep 2-18 (left hamstring strain).
Made his major league debut for the Giants on April 24 vs. LAD at 21 years, 239 days…was the first Giant to start in his debut before his 22nd birthday since Madison Bumgarner in 2009 and the first position player since Royce Clayton in 1991…he became the youngest player to start at third base for the Giants since Matt Williams in 1987... Became the first player drafted out of high school in the 2013 June Draft class to debut, one day before LAD Cody Bellinger... Appeared in 34 games and made 32 starts (21- 3B, 9-SS, 2-2B) for the Giants…recorded his first career hit on April 25 vs. LAD, a single off threetime Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw... On April 26 vs. LAD, connected for his first career home run, a 2-run shot off Sergio Romo... Also homered on April 28 vs. SD and on May 5 at CIN…the latter came off 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo, who-though unrelated-attended the same high school and graduated one month after Christian was born... Selected to the major league roster after batting .439/.471/.682 (29-for-66) through 17 games with Triple-A Sacramento.... Optioned back to Sacramento on June 4…on June 14, sustained a left wrist contusion when he was hit on the hand by a pitch and landed on the disabled list the next day…on July 1, in his first game after returning, was hit again and his broken left hand ended his season…underwent surgery on July 10... Re-aggravated his hand injury taking a ground ball off his glove hand for the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League… underwent surgery to insert a pin into his left hand on Nov 3…he is expected to recover in time for Opening Day... Prior to the trade, was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 1 prospect in the Giants system…ranked by Baseball America as the Giants No. 4 prospect and the organization's Best Hitter for Average… after the trade, was ranked by MLB.com as the No. 6 prospect in the Rays system and the No. 5 third base prospect in baseball.
Highly regarded Giants prospect spent all of 2016 with double-A Richmond, batting .274 (130-for- 474) with 36 doubles, three home runs and 49 RBI in 119 games...Was third among Eastern League leaders in doubles (36)...Was selected to the EL mid-season All-Star team...Invited to Giants' big league camp for the first time in his career.