Walker has career-high four-hit night 

Keeping tabs on the Cardinals' No. 1 prospect

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Drafted out 21st overall in the 2020 MLB Draft, Jordan Walker quickly shot up the prospect ranks. The 6-foot-5 masher has already shown elite exit velocities in his first taste of the Minors. He maxed out at 116.2 mph in Single-A Southeast last season (a similar max to Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Javier Báez among others in 2021) and had 21 batted balls come in at 100-plus mph there. At just 20-years-old, Walker is already knocking on the door of Triple-A.

Age: 20
MLB rank: 6
Team: Springfield Cardinals (Double-A)
ETA: 2023
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Aug. 12: Has career-high four-hit night
Jordan Walker had a monster game for Double-A Springfield on Friday. The 20-year-old slugger collected a career-high four hits -- two doubles and two singles -- and a run scored during Springfield's 10-7 loss to Amarillo. Walker's batting average is now up to .309 on the season. Gameday »

Aug. 11: Goes hitless
Jordan Walker didn't make any noise in Double-A Springfield's loss to Amarillo on Thursday, as he went 0-for-4. His batting average dropped back down to .302, where it was after a three-hit performance on Tuesday. Gameday »

Aug. 10: Homers in blowout
Jordan Walker — and his entire team, for that matter — had a huge night on Wednesday. Walker tallied three hits with Double-A Springfield, going 3-for-6 with a home run and two singles. He also scored three times and drove in three runs. Springfield dominated with the bats, beating Amarillo, 21-5. Gameday »

Aug. 9: Notches three hits
Jordan Walker tallied three hits with Double-A Springfield on Tuesday, going 3-for-5 in a win over Amarillo. Walker also came around to score twice. He is now hitting .302 on the year, a mark that is top-10 in the Texas League. Gameday »

Aug. 6: Walks three times in win
Jordan Walker sure did live up to his name on Saturday, as the Cardinals' top prospect worked three walks in Double-A Springfield's win over Corpus Christi. The second of the trio came with the bases loaded, giving Walker his 46th RBI of the year. He went 0-for-2 on the night, scoring a run as well. Gameday »

Aug. 5: Doubles, walks in loss
Jordan Walker went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in Double-A Springfield's 7-6 loss to Corpus Christi on Friday. Walker's OPS on the season is up to a robust .888. Gameday »

Aug. 4: Singles in loss
It was a relatively quiet night for Jordan Walker in Double-A Springfield's loss to Corpus Christi. Walker went 1-for-4, his lone hit a single. Walker is now hitting exactly .300 on the season. Gameday »

Aug. 3: Fills up the box score
Jordan Walker impacted the game in a number of ways Wednesday. In the first inning, Walker brought in Double-A Springfield's first run with a sacrifice fly. After hitting a leadoff single to left field in the fourth, Walker stole second base to get into scoring position. One batter later, Walker came around to score on a single. Gameday »

Aug. 2: Quiet night after hot week
After having two, two-homer games last weekend, Jordan Walker had a quiet night in his first game this week. Walker went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Double-A Springfield's 10-0 loss to Corpus Christi. Gameday »

July 31: Blasts two homers in slugfest
Not even 48 hours after hitting two homers in the same game on Friday, Jordan Walker did it again for Double-A Springfield on Sunday. Walker got hot late in the game, hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning and a two-run shot in the eighth.

The third baseman credited his surge to a change in pregame routine, working with a different pitching machine and at a higher velocity.

"Sometimes something clicks, so yeah, I’ve been just feeling good at the plate for a little bit. Hopefully I can enjoy it as long as I can," he said.

Walker went yard off of sliders, one off a lefty and one off a righty. Last year’s 21st overall pick in the Draft is handling Double-A impressively in his first full season. Through 80 games this year, Walker now sports a .305/.390/.514 slash line with 12 homers -- five since July 14 -- and 44 RBIs. Full story »

July 30: Comes back to earth
One day after smashing two home runs, Jordan Walker had a more mundane performance Saturday, going 1-for-3 with a walk in Double-A Springfield's loss to Frisco. The third baseman has 11 hits over his previous eight games for the Cardinals. Gameday »

July 29: Hits two long balls
Have a night, Jordan Walker. The Cardinals' top prospect went 3-for-6 with two home runs and a single, including four RBIs and two runs scored during Double-A Springfield's 12-6 win over Frisco. The 20-year-old now has 10 home runs and a .890 OPS on the season. Gameday »

July 27: Quiet night at the plate
It wasn't Jordan Walker's night at the plate on Wednesday. Walker went 0-for-4 with a strikeout during Double-A Springfield's 5-2 loss to Frisco. Gameday »

July 26: Doubles in a run
Jordan Walker doubled in a run and later scored during a two-run fifth inning for Double-A Springfield on Tuesday. Walker also added a single, going 2-for-4 overall on the night. Gameday »

July 23: Doubles in second straight game
Jordan Walker went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in Double-A Springfield's 7-4 win over Northwest Arkansas. Walker has now doubled in back-to-back games. Gameday »

July 22: Doubles, scores twice in win
Jordan Walker and Double-A Springfield started the second half hot, beating Northwest Arkansas 11-4. Walker went 1-for-4 in the win, smacking his 22nd double of the season and scoring two of the Cardinals' 11 runs. Walker also worked a walk in the contest. Gameday »

July 16: Hitless in Futures Game
Jordan Walker went hitless in the 2022 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, going 0-for-2 in four innings of play. His Double-A Springfield teammate Masyn Winn stole the show, though, as the Cardinals' No. 4 prospect unleashed a 100.5 mph assist from shortstop, which would be the fastest throw recorded from an infielder by Statcast.

July 14: Walker homers in three-RBI night
Jordan Walker had a big night Thursday. The Cardinals' top prospect hit a two-run single during a four-run second inning for Double-A Springfield. In the eighth inning, Walker hit his eighth home run of the year, a solo shot. He went 2-for-5 overall on the night. Gameday »

July 13: Walker has quiet night
Jordan Walker had his second straight quiet night at the plate Wednesday, going 0-for-3 with a walk in Double-A Springfield's 3-1 win over Tulsa. Gameday »

July 12: Goes hitless in win
It wasn't Jordan Walker's night in Double-A Springfield's win over Tulsa on Tuesday. Walker went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. The 0-fer ended a five-game hit streak. Gameday »

July 9: Singles in win
It was a relatively quiet night for Jordan Walker in Double-A Springfield's loss to Arkansas. Walker went 1-for-4 with his lone hit being a single. Walker is riding a modest five-game hit streak and has a hit in eight of his last nine games. Gameday »

July 8: Reaches three times in win
Double-A Springfield was firing on all cylinders on Friday, as five starters managed to have multiple hits in a win over Arkansas. Jordan Walker was one of those five, as the 20-year-old went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk. Walker even tried to show off the wheels, but was caught stealing in the seventh. Walker is now hitting .311 with a .893 OPS with the Cardinals. Gameday »

July 8: Named to 2022 All-Star Futures Game roster
After making a huge jump in MLB Pipeline's latest prospect rankings, Jordan Walker will represent the NL in the 2022 All-Star Futures Game in Los Angeles. Walker, who rose from No. 23 to No. 7 in the updated rankings, will be one of five Top-10 prospects in the star-studded exhibition. Joining him from the Cardinals organization will be MLB's No. 91 prospect and Walker's Springfield teammate Masyn Winn. Walker has been one of the top hitters in the Minor Leagues this season, hitting .308 with a .889 OPS and 31 extra-base hits. More >

July 5: Walker named MLB's No. 7 prospect
20-year-old Jordan Walker made one of the biggest jumps on the Top 100 Prospects list, going from No. 23 to No. 7. The 6-foot-5 third baseman started off the season swinging a hot bat, posting a .312/.404/.500 line in 65 games for Double-A Springfield.

June 3: Walker posts second career multihomer game
Jordan Walker
’s sophomore season just keeps on getting sweeter.

Facing No. 6 Mariners prospect Levi Stoudt, the Cardinals' top prospect notched his second career two-homer game as part of a three-hit, three-RBI day in Double-A Springfield’s 16-5 loss to Arkansas.

"[Arkansas] has really good pitchers, so my approach was just to attack whatever I felt like I could hit early, because getting late into a count is going to make it a difficult at-bat," Walker said. "I wanted to try and attack so I wouldn't get behind early." Full story »

May 29: Walker delivers multihit game
Jordan Walker went 2-for-3 with a steal, two RBIs, two runs scored and three walks in Double-A Springfield's 11-4 win.

After fourth-ranked Masyn Winn got things started with a double to left on the second pitch of the game, he notched his 16th steal of the year -- and first in Double-A. Two batters later, fellow 20-year-old Walker drove him in with a single and swiped a bag for his 11th steal. Walker lived up to his name by drawing walks in the second, fourth and ninth frames while adding an RBI double in the eighth.

Walker is in the midst of a strong sophomore season. He is batting .305 with a .898 OPS, 18 extra-base hits, 22 RBIs and 25 walks in 40 games for Springfield.

May 19: Walker's the Cards' top power prospect
If you want to argue Nolan Gorman or even current Minor League home run leader Moisés Gómez, we won’t stop you. But we’re still taking Walker, who has answered questions at every stop in his budding pro career. The 6-foot-5, right-handed slugger posted a max exit velocity of 116.5 mph at Single-A Palm Beach last season that rivaled the top numbers of Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. and has jumped to Double-A as a 19-year-old with little issues. He’s already slugging .500 in a league where he’s four years younger than average, and that number may only go up. He’s slugging .625 in May, and three of his four homers on the season have come in his last seven games alone. Full story »

May 18: Walker cranks a long ball
With Double-A Springfield, top prospect Jordan Walker rocketed a two-run game-tying homer, his fourth long ball of the season. He added a walk and an RBI GIDP in the Cardinals’ 7-6 loss, and the 19-year-old is raking in his sophomore season with a .311 average and a .915 OPS in 32 games.

May 14: Walker standing out at Double-A
Fresh out of high school, it only took Jordan Walker 27 games at Single-A Palm Beach last summer before convincing the Cardinals he was ready for his next challenge. A little less than a year later, Walker is already through that number of games two levels up, at Double-A Springfield.

And if he keeps hitting like he hit Friday night, he may not be there very much longer, either.

The Cardinals' top prospect continued his torrid May breakout Friday, homering and driving in four in Springfield’s 12-8 win over Amarillo at Hammons Field. Punching an opposite-field double in the first and pulling a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fourth, Walker paced Springfield’s 11-hit attack behind No. 27 righty Connor Lunn and four relievers. Full story »