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Minor-league report: Cardinals prospect Jordan Walker doubles, steals a bag in AFL

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Springfield's 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

Following a Monday off-day, Cardinals prospects Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn returned to Salt River’s lineup on Tuesday and continued their roles as regular contributors to its offense in the Arizona Fall League.

From the cleanup spot, Walker went one-for-four with an RBI double that scored Winn in the top of the seventh inning of Salt River’s 9-8 loss to Mesa. The double was Walker’s sixth of the AFL putting him into a tie for the fifth most. He is batting .288 with a .947 OPS and 16 RBIs in 20 games. After he drew a walk in the sixth inning, Walker stole second base without a throw giving him his third stolen base. He was caught trying to steal third shortly after that.

Winn went hitless in four at-bats but drew a walk in the seventh and stole his ninth base of the AFL. He is batting .281 with a .403 on-base percentage and 13 walks in 19 games. Winn has been caught stealing once.

After entering the game as a pinch runner for Tigers prospect Colt Keith in the seventh, Mike Antico joined his teammates by stealing his eighth base of the AFL. Antico, who stole 67 bases in the regular season for Class High-A Peoria and Class AA Springfield, did not get an at-bat on Tuesday. He is eight-for-nine on steal attempts.

Walker, Gomez, and Burleson earn end-of-season honors  

On Tuesday, Walker and Moises Gomez were named Class AA Texas League All-Stars.

Walker ended the regular season with a .306 average, 19 home runs, 31 doubles, and 22 stolen bases in 119 games. The 20-year-old was also named the Texas League’s top MLB prospect after he tied for the third most doubles and had the sixth-highest average.

Despite playing half of his games at the Class AAA level, Gomez’s 60-game stretch to begin the season with Springfield earned him Texas League MVP honors along with being named an All-Star. His 23 homers, 54 RBIs, and .705 slugging percentage were all league-highs at the time of his promotion to Memphis near the end of June. Gomez led all Springfield hitters in homers and finished sixth in the league in that category.

The record-setting season from Gomez led the Cardinals to add him to their 40-man roster earlier this week.

Burleson on Monday was named an International League All-Star after he led in average and was top five in OPS (.904), hits (143), and RBIs (87). He played in 109 games for Memphis before his promotion to the major leagues in September.

Daniel Guerrero

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