Jordan Walker

20-Year-Old OutfielderOF
St. Louis Cardinals AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
The Cardinals' outfield may be a bit crowded, but the drafting public expects Walker to be a significant factor in 2023. A former third baseman who could also fit nicely at first base, Walker now patrols right field due to the Cardinals having two future Hall of Famers at the infield corners. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-handed slugger posted a .306/.388/.510 slash line with 19 home runs, 22 steals (on 27 attempts) and a 21.6 K% as the youngest qualified hitter at Double-A. He capped his season by slashing .286/.367/.558 with five home runs, three steals and a 23:10 K:BB in 21 Arizona Fall League games. Walker is a top-five prospect for dynasty leagues, and his 70-grade raw power is his most bankable long-term tool. He moves well for his size, but he is not a Julio Rodriguez-caliber athlete or prospect, contrary to some public comparisons. It's possible he will win a job out of spring training, but it's not a certainty. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June of 2020.
Finishes season with 100 runs
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
September 21, 2022
Walker finished the 2022 Double-A season with a .304/.386/.508 batting line, 19 home runs, 22 steals, 68 RBI and 100 runs in 119 games.
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Walker only narrowly missed a 20-20 campaign while doing everything the Cardinals could possibly ask for at Springfield this season -- hitting for average, cutting his strikeout rate, raising his walk rate, and switching positions to prepare for his inevitable ascension to the big leagues. Walker ended up playing all three outfield positions down the stretch, but he's likely to slot in at right field for the Cards. Still only 20 years old, he's already got the size and skill to be on the cusp of the majors. It might be a long shot for him to make the Cardinals out of spring training, but assuming his health and production hold up, a midseason call-up appears likely.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Walker was the best realistic version of himself in his pro debut, showing off his huge raw power while hitting for a surprisingly high batting average with a promising amount of contact and patience. He hit .317/.388/.548 with 14 home runs, a 9.1 BB% and a 23.8 K% as a 19-year-old splitting time between Low-A and High-A. A massive specimen for a teenage third baseman (6-foot-5, 220 pounds), Walker's 14 steals on 16 tries won't translate as he matures and moves up the ladder, but he looks the part of a future big-league cleanup hitter. His plate discipline metrics fell off after the promotion to High-A, but given his age (turns 20 in late May) and how aggressively the Cardinals pushed him, that was not unexpected, and he was still 24 percent better than league average. At his size, it will be tough for him to make enough contact to be a positive contributor in batting average, but he could hit around .260 at peak. The big selling point is that Walker seems like a good enough hitter that he could realistically get to all of his 70-grade raw power in games. He may end up having to move to first base or right field in a couple years.
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Starts in left field
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
August 3, 2022
Walker made his first start in left field Tuesday for Double-A Springfield, beginning his transition from third base, Rob Rains of StLSportsPage.com reports.
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Hitting well despite power outage
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
July 12, 2022
Walker hasn't homered in his last 17 games for Double-A Springfield, but he's still managed to hit .299/.375/.403 in that span.
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Steady stick in Double-A
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
May 31, 2022
Walker is hitting .307/.418/.493 with four homers, 11 steals, 22 RBI and 35 runs through 40 games for Double-A Springfield.
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Consecutive three-hit games
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
April 18, 2022
Walker has gone 3-for-5 in each of his last two games for Double-A Springfield, raising his season line to .355/.487/.452.
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Wraps up impressive campaign
OFSt. Louis Cardinals  AA
September 24, 2021
Walker hit .292/.344/.487 with eight homers and 13 steals across 55 games with High-A Peoria to close out the 2021 minor-league regular season.
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