Top Cardinals prospects Jordan Walker, Masyn Winn, and Tink Hence headline a group of eight Cardinals minor-leaguers that will play in this year’s Arizona Fall League, the Cardinals announced on Friday.
Along with the trio of 2020 draft picks, the other Cardinals prospects joining them includes: pitchers Connor Thomas, Kyle Leahy, and Ryan Loutos, catcher Pedro Pages, and outfielder Mike Antico, who is listed as a member of the taxi squad.
The Arizona Fall League, which begins on Oct. 3, showcases some of baseball top prospects. Prospects from around MiLB are assigned to one of six teams.
Cardinals’ prospects participating in this year’s edition of the fall league will be assigned to the Salt River Rafters. They will team up with minor-leaguers from the Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Tigers. Class AA Springfield hitting coach Tyger Pederson will be one of the coaches for Salt River.
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Walker, 20, was moved from third base to the outfield once the MLB trade deadline came and went in August. He is slashing .308/.390/.508 and has hit 18 home runs and 64 RBIs in 116 games for Class AA Springfield. He is listed by the Cardinals’ as an outfielder.
Drafted in the second-round of the 2020 MLB draft after Walker, Winn began the 2022 season with Class High-A Peoria, where he batted .349 and posted a .970 OPS in 33 games before he was promoted to Class AA. The 20-year-old shortstop prospect is batting .260 and has hit 11 of his career 17 homers in 83 games for the S-Cards. He is also 41-for-46 on stolen base attempts across the two minor-league levels.
In limited innings across 16 starts with Class Low-A Palm Beach, Hence displayed what some in the Cardinals organization called a “special arm.” He collected 81 strikeouts and sported a 1.38 ERA across 52 1/3 innings. His most recent start came in Game 2 of the Florida State League East Division playoffs against St. Lucie on Thursday during which he pitched four scoreless innings and limited St. Lucie to two hits and no walks.
Antico, a 2021 eight-round MLB draft pick, lead all Cardinals minor-leaguers in stolen bases with 65. He has been caught seven times in 72 attempts with Springfield and Peoria.
The short-season Arizona Fall League also includes a Fall Stars game on Nov. 6 and a Home Run Derby on Nov. 5. A championship game is scheduled for Nov. 12.
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