Jordan “Sky” Walker continued his high level of hitting this week, boosting his career-high hitting streak to 17 games with a single up the middle against the Astros on Thursday night.
The Cardinals top prospect has been a force since being recalled to the Majors in early June and caps off the month by earning the top spot in Week 13 of our #HighFive List.
1. Jordan “Sky” Walker
Walker’s 17-game hitting streak is the longest going in the Major Leagues and bests his previous career-high of 12 he set at the beginning of the season.
Jordan “Sky” Walker extends his rookie hitting streak to 17 games passing Erik Pappas and tying Albert Pujols for the third-longest in team history. pic.twitter.com/aw9lGa2yxr
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After falling into a slight cold spell once the streak ended, Walker spent a little over a month with the Cardinals Triple-A affiliate in Memphis before rejoining the club on June 2nd.
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“I had some of the toughest times of my life down there,” Walker told MLBbro.com. “Most of what I learned was mental. I felt the worst I ever have at the plate. But I realized no matter what you are going through at some point you will get out of it.”
Walker will end this month hitting over .330 while adding four home runs, nine RBI and a .418 on base percentage.
He looks to extend the streak to 20 after a three-game series against the Yankees this weekend.
2. “Money” Michael Harris II
Michael Harris recovered from a Rookie of the Year hangover and became the best nine-hole hitter in baseball in a month’s time.
This is the third consecutive week Harris earned his way into the #HighFive after posting a .385 average over his last seven games, but that does not do him full justice.
Through the last 15 games Harris is hitting an unprecedented .456 with four home runs, 11 RBI, a .458 on base percentage, .772 slugging and 13 runs scored.
3. Devin “The Airbender” Williams
Devin Williams is in a different mode on the mound.
Line his resume this season up with anyone and you will find Williams is one of if not the best closer in the Majors.
On June 13th Williams blew his first save of the season, but aside from that outlier performance where he gave up four earned, he has not given up a run since May 7th!
Over that span he has 22 strikeouts in 17.1 innings and has a batting average of .118 in June.
Williams is fourth among closers in the National League in saves and his 12 hits allowed are the lease for any qualifying closer.
4. Josh Naylor
Josh Naylor has been mashing baseballs this season and he got an emotional boost this week after his brother Bo was called to the Majors.
Tuesday night the Naylor brothers became the third pair of brothers to record two hits each in the same game and the first since 1955.
Josh, who is hitting .300 in his last seven games has collected hits in 22 of his last 26 games and ranks 8th in the American League in average and is 5th in the Majors in RBI.
The competition at first base for All-Star berths is steep, but taking names away from statistics Naylor is hands down a cut above the rest.
5. George Springer
George Springer’s leadoff home run last Sunday gives him 55 for his career and moves him to second All-Time trailing only the legendary Rickey Henderson who had 81 in his career.
It was another solid week in what has been a solid 2023 from Springer.
In his last seven games he is slashing .393/.419/.517 with six RBI, two walks and five runs scored.
His Blue Jays will welcome the Red Sox to the “6” for a three-game series this weekend.