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Jordan Walker, Masyn Winn among four Cardinals prospects named to AFL Fall Stars team

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Springfield's Jordan Walker (22) and Masyn Winn (3) before a baseball game on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. Paul Halfacre, St. Louis Post Dispatch

Strong performances during the Arizona Fall League for Cardinals prospects Jordan Walker, Masyn Winn, Tink Hence, and Connor Thomas earned them recognition among their fellow prospects.

The four Cardinals prospects were named to the AFL’s National League All-Star team along with other standout prospects from this year’s fall league. The AFL All-Star game — or Fall Stars game as it is referred to — will be played on Sunday at 3 p.m. St. Louis time. It will be televised on MLB Network and can be streamed on MLB.com.

Walker — the Cardinals' top prospect — is the highest-ranked prospect named to the Fall Stars game, according to MLB Pipeline prospect rankings. Through 18 games in the AFL, the 20-year-old Walker is batting .299 with a .961 OPS. He has driven in 15 runs, doubled five timed, and homered five-time. His five home runs tie him for the league lead entering Friday.

Winn, 20, is batting .327 with a .448 on-base percentage and has driven in eight RBIs in 17 games with Salt River, the team that Cardinals prospects have been assigned to in the AFL. He is eight-for-seven on stolen base attempts and has homered once in 32 at-bats.

Having worked out of a role from the bullpen to manage his workload, Hence, 20, has a 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 innings. He has struck out eight batters and posted a 1.09 WHIP. The only run he has allowed came on a solo homer allowed to Dodgers prospects and fellow NL Fall Star Andy Pages.

Walker, Winn, and Hence were the Cardinals' first three picks in the abbreviated 2020 MLB draft.

After a rough regular season with Class AAA Memphis, Thomas has found success in the AFL through his first five starts. Thomas, 24, sports a 1.59 ERA across 22 2/3 innings and sits atop the AFL leaderboards with 31 strikeouts. The pitcher closest to Thomas in strikeouts entering Friday is Cleveland prospect Hunter Stanley with 23.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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