The St. Louis Cardinals are going to have some significant competition in their outfield this coming spring.
The expectation is that the starting outfield will consists of Tyler O’Neill in left, Dylan Carlson in center, and Lars Nootbaar in right.
But there are still some open spots on the Cardinals Opening Day roster, and a certain top prospect is doing everything he can to try and secure one of them.
Jordan Walker is in line to compete for a spot on the Opening Day Roster.
He has spent this weekend in St. Louis and has made it clear that being around Cardinals fans and seeing Busch Stadium has him even more motivated.
Jordan Walker is ready to play at Busch Stadium! pic.twitter.com/qjtJHBwbn9
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) January 16, 2023
Walker is ready to go.
The 20-year-old is ready to prove himself and make an impression.
In the minor leagues, Walker has been nothing short of dynamic.
At Double-A Springfield, the slugger hit 19 home runs and posted a .306 average and an .898 OPS.
The top prospect also impressed in the Arizona Fall League.
The 20-year-old slugger had a .925 OPS and hit five home runs during his time in the AFL.
Perhaps there’s a reason the Cardinals have been quiet in terms of addressing their outfield.
Not that it’ll ease the frustrations of fans, but there is a lot to be excited about in St. Louis when concerning the future.
Walker’s primary position is third base, and with Nolan Arenado manning that position, Walker is blocked there.
But in the outfield, he has a chance to claim a job.
He could also potentially make a shift to first base after Paul Goldschmidt’s contract is up.