Spring training is always a fun time of year.
It marks the beginning of a new baseball season, and also invites some competition among certain teammates.
That competition was on full display in Jupiter, Florida at the St. Louis Cardinals spring training facility.
All-Star closer Ryan Helsley and top prospect Jordan Walker had an interesting battle during batting practice.
Neither of them gave an inch and Walker worked the count to 2-2.
Ultimately, Helsley won the battle and got Walker to swing at a slider in the dirt.
Cardinals MLB.com beat writer John Denton posted a video of the battle between the two teammates.
As advertised the live BP battle between #STLCards closer Ryan Helsley and top prospect Jordan Walker was an impressive one. Walker fell behind 0-2, but battled back to 2-2 and fouled off four pitches. Helsley ultimately got the K on a slider in the dirt. pic.twitter.com/MnJnavsQs4
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) February 23, 2023
Helsley got the upper hand in the end, but this is an encouraging sign for both players.
Helsley was an All-Star last season, and he showed here that he knows exactly how to deal with a battle such as this with any hitter.
Walker also showed great poise at the plate and the ability to work the count and drive Helsley’s pitch count up.
The Cardinals are incredibly high on Walker and believe that he will soon be ready for the big leagues.
The young slugger took some healthy cuts during this battle.
Perhaps he could claim the fourth outfield spot on the Cardinals Opening Day roster if he continues to hit the way he has in the minors.
Helsley’s spot is secure, as he is set to reclaim closer duties for the defending NL Central champions, but this was certainly an intriguing battle between two teammates who refused to give an inch.NEXT: Nolan Arenado Already Has A Legendary Resume