Cardinals' Top Prospect Looks Ready to Dominate Big Leagues
For many MLB prospects, Spring Training is their first extended audition to make the major league team. How they perform during the preseason can be difference between starting the season in The Show or getting sent down for additional seasoning.
Fortunately for the St, Louis Cardinals, their No. 1 prospect is making the most of his opportunity and already looks ready for the big leagues.
Jordan Walker Spring Training
Jordan Walker -- the Cardinals' top prospect according to MLB Pipeline -- has been dominating Spring Training so far. The 2020 first-round draft pick is off to a sizzling start in Grapefruit League action, batting .500 with 3 home runs, 3 doubles, 6 RBIs and a 1.167 OPS in 18 at-bats.
The 3B/OF's production is even more impressive considering he's never been above Triple-A before. He slashed .306/.388/.510 with 19 homers and 22 steals in 119 games for Double-A Springfield last year, earning an invite to camp this spring.
While he's only 20 years old, Walker already looks like an MLB ballplayer. St. Louis is known for having one of the best farm systems in the majors and appears to have done a tremendous job helping Walker develop.
Time will tell if Walker breaks camp with the Cardinals and cracks the Opening Day lineup or gets sent back down for additional at-bats. He's clearly earned a roster spot based on his hitting so far, however, and seems ready to help St. Louis defend its NL Central title.