LOS ANGELES – The Jordan Walker era has gotten off to a sizzling start. Over his first four games he’s hitting .313 with three RBI and five hits. He hasn’t hit any Bro bombs yet, but he’s made consistent hard contact, which is a sign of great things to come.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound rookie is built like a linebacker but moves like a freight train with a boosted engine. He’s already one of the early favorites to win the NL Rookie of the Year, and it shows. Along with his contagious smile and personality, he’s got everything you want in a big leaguer.
He entered the stadium like a gladiator returning from war and naturally St. Louis Cardinals fans, easily among the best in all of sports, gave him a king’s welcome. When he walked up to the plate for his first career at bat, he was greeted with a standing ovation from Cardinal fans.
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He faced Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah, and on the second pitch he saw, he slapped a curveball right up the middle for his first career hit, resulting in a louder roar for the 20-year-old.
“It was everything I could dream of, man, it was a really good feeling seeing all the fans stand up and cheer for me. I really enjoyed today,” Walker said after playing his first MLB game.
After being drafted with the 21st overall pick in the 2020 MLB draft, his stock kept on growing. Throughout the 200+ minor league games, he batted .310, with 33 home runs, and 116 RBI.
There was a lot of buzz during spring training around him. MLB ranked him as the fourth best prospect in all of baseball. And all throughout spring training, he showed why he’s been turning heads.
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In the 20 spring training games, he batted .299, with three home runs, nine RBI, an on base percentage of .492, and a slugging percentage of .791. It was all capped off with a viral video of him being told that he made the opening day roster, something that he continuously proved he deserved with his hard work.
After taking two of three against the Blue Jays, Walker and the Red Birds host the Braves for a three-game series, and then take off to Milwaukee to take on their division rival, the Brewers.
Jordan Walker is hitting .357 and has 3 RBI so far in 2023. pic.twitter.com/wh6MaD5nNN
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This will be a real test for Walker, as both the Braves and Brewers have some of the best pitching staffs in the league. He’s still looking to get his first career home run, and with what he’s already shown he can do, who says his first trip around the bases won’t come this week.
The Cardinals are expected to be real threats to come out of the National League, as they already have the best corner infield duo in baseball. Along with their terrific pitching staff, Walker looks to be that final piece of the puzzle to finally bring St. Louis back to the fall classic.