Baseball America Crowns Cardinals' Minor Leaguer of the Year
The St. Louis Cardinals have the NL Central all but locked up, leading the Milwaukee Brewers by 7.5 games with just over a week left in the season. While many Cardinals fans are focused on a potential World Series run, others are looking ahead to what the prospect pipeline brings in the future.
One St. Louis prospect that a lot of people are high is outfielder Jordan Walker. In fact, Baseball American just named the 20-year-old as the Cardinals' Minor Leaguer of the Year.
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It's not tough to see why so many people are high on Walker. The former 2020 first-round pick the season after a promising debut year split between Single-A and High-A, resulting in his being Baseball America's No. 24-ranked prospect in all of baseball to begin the 2022 campaign.
Walker was an offensive force in his first season with Double-A Springfield. The Stone Mountain, GA native tallied 19 home runs and 68 RBIs while slashing .306/.388/.510 with 22 stolen bases in 119 games. On top of that, he led the Texas League with 100 runs scored.
Baseball America's Derrick Goold credits Walker moving from third base to the outfield as one reason why he has a bright MLB future. After spending the first part of the year at the hot corner, Walker spent the remainder of the season in right field, where he recorded two double plays turned and a .981 fielding percentage.
Only time will tell how long it'll take Walker to become a mainstay in St. Louis' lineup. According to Goold, the plan is for him to face older competition in the Arizona Fall League, giving us a better idea as to what a potential MLB timeline look like.
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