Cardinals prospect Jordan Walker could help the St Louis Cardinals playoff push
In his recent rankings of the top prospects in all of baseball (subscription required), The Athletic’s Jim Bowden ranked Jordan Walker number one, citing his mix of elite tools and production as the reason for his ranking, Walker has been ranked around the number six range by most national rankings, but this is one of the first times he has received the number one ranking.
It is a bit surprising it has taken this long for Walker to receive the top ranking. At just 20-years old, Walker is slashing .307/.390/.523 with 17 HR and 58 RBI for AA Springfield. These are unheard of numbers for a player at his age with so little experience, and propels his case for the game’s next young star.
Bowden raved about Walker’s ability at both the plate and his positional versatility. His mix of power and on base skills projects him as a superstar, and he can play either corner infield spot or in the outfield. The biggest news here may lie in Bowden’s speculation about Walker’s ETA, as he said he wouldn’t be surprised if Walker makes it to St. Louis this season.
Until recently, best case scenario for Walker’s debut seemed to be Opening Day 2023, but with his elite production and the Cardinals need for consistent production around Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, it makes a lot of sense for Walker to join the major league club.
Here is how Walker could be a key contributor to the St. Louis Cardinals’ postseason push this season.