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Minor-league report: Cardinals top prospect Jordan Walker has multi-hit game

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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

With just five games left for Class AA Springfield entering Wednesday, top Cardinals prospect Jordan Walker continued to swing a consistent bat at the plate that has kept his batting average above .300 for most of 2022.

Walker’s latest showing at the plate included a pair of singles — one of which drove in a run for Springfield during its 12-6 win against Tulsa.

Along with Walker’s multi-hit game, these are some of the notable performances by Cardinals minor-leaguers:

Hits

Outfielder/Third baseman Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: Walker’s multi-hit showing on Wednesday marked his second in as many games and his 40th such performance on the season. During September, Walker is 13-for-41 with two doubles and a homer. Since his average dipped to .297 after he went hitless in one at-bat during an Aug. 7 game, Walker is batting .333 over his last 108 at-bats and has posted a .948 OPS during that stretch.

Outfielder Todd Lott, Class AA Springfield: Appearing in a game for Springfield for the first time since May 22, Lott made his presence felt in the form of a two-for-five night that included a homer and three RBIs. Lott hit a two-run homer in the second inning and singled home a run in the fourth.

Before he was reassigned to Peoria on May 24, Lott began the 2022 MiLB season batting .188 in 27 games for Springfield. The 25-year-old batted .260 and homered 11 times for Class High-A Peoria, where he finished the Midwest League regular season with the Chiefs.

Catcher Julio E. Rodriguez, Class AA Springfield: A day after his teammate Chandler Redmond hit a grand slam, Rodriguez gave Springfield its second slam in consecutive games. Rodriguez, who last homered on Aug. 31, gave the S-Cards a 9-1 lead when he cleared the bases with a homer in the seventh inning.

Although he is five-for-25 in his last six games, Rodriguez has slashed .298/.391/.561 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs across 133 plate appearances dating back to July 3. Rodriguez’s average has risen from .227 to .266 over that span

Third baseman Irving Lopez, Class AA Springfield: Lopez tied with Rodriguez for the Springfield RBI lead on Wednesday night as he drove in four runs and went two-for-three with two walks. The Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico native provided one of Springfield’s three home runs against the Drillers as a part of his night.

Lopez’s homer — a three-run blast in the ninth inning — snapped his 22 game streak without a home run. Despite batting .281 and posting a .413 on-base percentage since Aug. 13, Lopez had three extra-base hits and slugged .375 prior to Wednesday.

Misses

Right-handed pitcher Freddy Pacheco, Class AAA Memphis: Pacheco had not allowed a run over his last four innings coming into Memphis’ Wednesday matchup against Iowa, but the 24-year-old gave up two runs that came via a home run surrendered in the sixth inning of a 10-5 Redbirds loss. The home run was just the second allowed by Pacheco in 29 1/3 innings with the Redbirds this season. Despite the two runs allowed to Iowa, Pacheco still maintains a 2.76 ERA for Memphis.

Left-handed pitcher Connor Thomas, Class AAA Memphis: Coming off a start during which he allowed a season-high 11 hits, Thomas gave up a season-high eight runs (six earned) over five innings against Iowa. Thomas gave up three runs in the second inning, two of which reached base on walks and four in the fifth inning.

The lefty’s struggles in the fifth inning included loading the bases with no outs and then giving up a bases-clearing double. With the forgettable outing, Thomas dropped to 6-10 on the year while his ERA raised to 5.27.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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