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Minor-league report: Cardinals prospect Jordan Walker doubles as part of multi-hit game

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SpringfieldÕs Jordan Walker hits a home run during a baseball game on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. Paul Halfacre, St. Louis Post Dispatch

After Salt River’s off day on Tuesday and a night off from Wednesday’s, Jordan Walker returned on Thursday to game action in the Arizona Fall League. The 20-year-old outfielder and top Cardinals prospect went two-for-five with an RBI in his return to the lineup.

The multi-hit game continued Walker’s surge in offense that has spanned his last eight games played. In that span, Walker is batting .355 with three home runs, three doubles, and eight RBIs. He has also produced a .412 on-base percentage and a .742 slugging.

Overall in the AFL, Walker is slashing .299/.364/.597 with five home runs, which tie him with five other prospects for the league lead.

Walker was one of five Cardinals prospects to play for Salt River on Thursday. Here is how they did:

Shortstop Masyn Winn: Back at shortstop and hitting leadoff for the Rafters, Winn continues to hit the ball with consistency in the AFL as he went two-for-five with a run scored. He also stole a base giving him his eighth in nine attempts since the start of the fall league. The multi-hit game from the 20-year-old shortstop prospect improved his average to .327 over 55 at-bats. Winn’s eight stolen bases are the most by a Cardinals prospect in the AFL and second among Salt River players behind Colorado prospect Zac Veen’s league-leading 16 stolen bags.

Center fielder Mike Antico: Antico flashed power with his bat and his speed on the base paths with a one-for-two game that included a solo home run and his seventh stolen base in the AFL. The 24-year-old also drew two walks in the extra innings loss to Glendale. Antico’s home run — which tied the ballgame in the sixth inning, 3-3, was his third of the fall league. His other two home runs came during an Oct. 26 game.

Over 32 at-bats in the fall league, Antico is batting .250 with a .963 OPS and seven RBIs. Antico, who stole a Cardinals minor-league leading 67 bases in the MiLB regular season, has seven stolen bases for Salt River and has been caught stealing once.

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Loutos: Given the ball in a tied game to pitch the bottom of the seventh inning, Loutos struck out the side in order on 18 pitches. Loutos — a Washington University-St. Louis product — lowered his ERA to 2.77 and WHIP to 1.08 over 13 innings. He has notched 12 strikeouts and walked four in eight appearances as a reliever.

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Leahy: After he completed a 12-pitch bottom of the third inning that included two strikeouts, a lack of command hurt Leahy when he returned to the mound in the bottom half of the fourth. Leahy walked the first two batters he faced and recorded a strikeout against the third Glendale hitter that inning before giving up an RBI single to Jose Salas — a 19-year-old infield prospect with Miami.

Leahy has a 12.41 ERA in 12 1/3 innings that have come exclusively out of the bullpen. Despite struggles to keep runners on base and a .333 batting average allowed to hitters, Leahy’s 18 strikeouts gives him a 28.7% strikeout rate.

Daniel Guerrero

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