Despite the solid base running and defensive play, the team has asked Christian to move from center to left to make room for 2005 third round draft pick Brett Gardner.
"In Spring Training, the first outfield position they taught me was left and then as the spring was ending, I started to work in center. I started the season here playing center basically every day until Gardner came up," said Christian.
"I think left is the hardest position to play in the outfield. You have you to have quick reaction time because the balls get smoked out there. I'm still learning, but it's going to be nice to know I can play all three outfield spots if the team needs me to."
Along with his switch in position, Christian has also had to deal with a platoon situation in left with outfielder Vince Faison. Faison ,who was a former first round pick of the San Diego Padres, has had a solid season at the plate hitting .273 with 10 homeruns.
"It is just one of those things that you have to adapt to. Of course I want to play everyday. But when you don't play everyday you have to learn that you can still help your team win games. I try to mentally prepare myself for any circumstances that the team needs me for. Whether it be late game pinch running, or pinch hitting," said Christian. "It's pro ball and I know the organization needs to get guys playing time, so it doesn't really bother me that much."
Losing your starting position to an up and coming prospect like Brett Gardner would cause animosity for most players - but not Christian. Christian has done his best to try to share his stolen base knowledge with the younger Gardner.
"We talk about the game a lot. We try to watch each other on the bases. If I pick up little things, I try to let him know so he can use the knowledge I have of the pitchers and catchers in this league," said Christian. "He does a great job to begin with, so there's really not that much for me to tell him, but if I see something I let him know."
Christian's performance at the plate this season may remind many of a roller coaster with its big up swings followed by a big drop. After his wonderful 4-4 performance against Binghamton in his final game before the All-Star break, Christian has raised his average to .270 while driving in 22 runs.
Despite his early season gold glove caliber defense in center and his run-away lead in the stolen base race, Christian was not selected to represent Trenton and the Yankees in the double A All-Star game.
"I don't even worry about that stuff. If you make it, you make it. It's not a big priority of mine to make an All-Star team. My goal is to help this team win games," concluded Christian.
Despite the All-Star game snub, Justin Christian is definitely on the fast track to climbing the ladder of the Yankee system.