St. Louis Cardinals: Jordan Walker ranked top prospect, may be promoted
By Josh Jacobs
Jordan Walker’s defensive fit in St. Louis
With Walker’s natural position of third base covered by Arenado and first base manned by NL MVP Goldschmidt, his clearest path to playing time for St. Louis is in the outfield or at DH.
Walker began making his transition to the outfield after the Harrison Bader trade, and has already shown how his tools can translate into an above-average defensive outfielder. His athleticism gives him the ability to make run saving plays, and has an arm that can keep runners honest.
With Tyler O’Neill and Dylan Carlson struggling at the plate, especially against right handed hitters, Walker would be a natural replacement for either player should St. Louis want to put Walker in their lineup.
Considering St. Louis has ran out Brendan Donovan, Juan Yepez, and Corey Dickerson in the outfield this season, it really is not a stretch to see Walker get playing time out there now, despite his recent transition to the position. The fact that he is already showing the ability to handle all three outfields spots shows his natural ability, which could already be better than the three aforementioned Cardinals.
Of course, Walker could fit in at DH for the club as well, or fill in for Arenado and Goldschmidt when they need days off. As much as the Cardinals value defense, Walker would not be a liablity for the club, and would provide them a bat that they desperately need.
It remains to be seen if the Cardinals will fast track the superstar in the making to St. Louis. With so many different outfield options currently, it makes sense why the club does not appear to be in a rush. But if Walker could make a similar impact in St. Louis that Atlanta has found from their rookies, one has strongly consider the potential he brings.