Cardinals To Choose Jordan Walker

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak tells reporters, including’s John Denton, that prime prospect Jordan Walker has made the Opening Day roster in St. Louis. Walker, who just isn’t on the 40-man roster, would require a corresponding transfer to be added. According to Denton, Mozeliak expects this transfer to return on Wednesday or Thursday. Outfielder Alec Burleson and left-handers Zack Thompson and Packy Naughton have additionally made the massive league roster, in line with Mozeliak.

Walker, 20, is a consensus prime prospect within the sport, with rating him because the 4th finest within the recreation. Ought to Walker end within the prime three of NL Rookie of the Yr voting or the highest 5 of NL MVP voting this yr, the Cardinals will obtain an additional draft choose due to Walker’s inclusion on the Opening Day roster.

That’s not out of the realm of risk for Walker, a profession .310/.388/.525 hitter within the minors who has but to play above the Double-A degree in his profession. In skipping Triple-A solely for Walker, the Cardinals are giving the potential celebrity a notable vote of confidence. With Walker’s native third base occupied by 2023 NL MVP finalist Nolan Arenado, Walker figures to issue into the membership’s outfield and DH combine alongside Burleson, Lars Nootbaar, Tyler O’Neill, and Dylan Carlson.

Fellow Prime 100 prospect Burleson, in the meantime, struggled in his 2022 huge league debut, slashing .188/.264/.271 in 53 plate appearances. With that being stated, he dominated to a .905 OPS in 109 video games on the Triple-A degree final season, leaving loads of room for an enormous breakout for the 24 year-old.

Following St. Louis’s resolution to choice lefty Genesis Cabrera earlier as we speak, it’s of little shock to see Thompson and Naughton make the roster. Thompson dominated to a 2.08 ERA in 34 2/3 innings for the Cardinals final yr, and although Naughton didn’t fare as nicely with a 4.78 ERA in 32 huge league innings, he did dominate in Triple-A final yr.