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Minor-league report: Top Cards prospect Jordan Walker homers in Springfield season finale

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SpringfieldÕs Jordan Walker signals four after his fourth home run of the season during a baseball game on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. Paul Halfacre, St. Louis Post Dispatch

To end a season during which he moved from his natural third base to the outfield and displayed consistency with his bat, Jordan Walker displayed another glimpse of his potential on Sunday during Class AA Springfield’s season finale against Tulsa.

Walker connected on his 19th homer of the Class AA season and scored his Texas League league-leading 100th run in the process. The 20-year-old, who stole 24 bases this year, came up one home run shy of being the first Springfield Cardinals in team history to have a 20/20 season — that being a season with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases.

Along with Walker's homer in Springfield’s season finale, these are some of the notable performances from around the Cardinals' minor leagues:

Hits 

Outfielder Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: After a two-for-eight weekend that included a double, a home run, four RBIs, and a walk, Walker finished the 2022 Texas League regular season batting .306 and with an .898 OPS. He drove in 68 runs in 119 games while drawing 58 walks over the course of 2022. Among qualified Texas League hitters, Walker ended the season tied for third-most in doubles with 31, fifth in OPS, and sixth in average.

Walker’s year will continue during Arizona Fall League, which begins on Oct. 3. He will be assigned to the Salt River Rafters along with seven fellow Cardinals minor-league players and Springfield hitting coach Tyger Pederson.

Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AAA Memphis: Gomez regained a share of the minor-league home run lead on Sunday with his two-homer game against Iowa. Gomez hit his 35th homer of the year to left field and later sent his 36th of 2022 to right-center during the Redbirds’ 8-4 win over the I-Cubs. The pair of homers gave the 24-year-old 13 while wearing a Redbirds uniform and tied him with Rockies prospect Hunter Goodman for the overall MiLB lead. 

Gomez’s multi-homer game was his second of the season — the other being a two-homer game on April 12 while he was assigned to Springfield.

Right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy, Class AA Springfield: McGreevy, who was not listed as Springfield’s probable starter prior to Sunday, made his final start of the 2022 Texas League season during Sunday’s season finale. The former first-round MLB draft pick pitched four innings of one-run ball against Tulsa to finish off a year during which he logged 144 1/3 innings. 

McGreevy allowed five hits, a walk, and struck out two as he lowered his ERA as an S-Card to 4.64. Barring a call-up to any higher level of pro baseball, McGreevy will end the 2022 season with a 3.99 ERA over 28 starts. Of the 28 starts McGreevy made, eight came with Class High-A Peoria, where he pitched to a 2.58 ERA across 45 1/3 innings. 

Shortstop Masyn Winn, Class AA Springfield: In Springfield’s final two games of 2022, Winn went two-for-six with a double, four runs scored, and drew three walks. Winn, who was announced to participate in the Arizona Fall League, ends the Class AA season with a .258/.349/.432 slash line and 11 homers in 86 games as a Springfield Cardinal.

Winn had homered just once in 33 games in Class High-A before his promotion. The 20-year-old was successful on 43 of his 48 of his stolen base attempts as a whole in 2022. He was 15-for-15 on the base paths in 33 Class High-A games.

Outfielder/First baseman Juan Yepez, Class AAA Memphis: To bookend a consistent week of production against Iowa, Yepez went two-for-four with a double and two RBIs in the Sunday series finale. Yepez’s multi-RBI game was his third such performance and gave him eight RBIs in his last four games. The 24-year-old went seven-for-20 (.350) and walked three times in the final five games he played against Iowa.

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Parsons, Class AAA Memphis: Parsons struck out a season-high eight batters and allowed one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings during his start on Sunday for Memphis. Parsons’ eight strikeouts were a season-high for the 27-year-old. In 36 games (15 starts), Parsons is 11-3 with a 4.19 ERA over 124 2/3 innings this season with Memphis. Since becoming a part of Memphis’ rotation at the end of July, Parsons has a 4.18 ERA and has kept hitters to a .191 average over 51 2/3 innings as a starter.

Misses 

Outfielder Mike Antico, Class AA Springfield: Antico went hitless during Springfield’s 7-3 Saturday loss to Tulsa, giving him a .233 average and .710 OPS to end the Class AA season. Antico, who began the season with Class High-A Peoria, stole a total of 67 bases on 74 attempts in 131 games split with Peoria and Springfield. After he batted .181 over 28 games to begin the year in Class High-A, Antico hit .262 with 12 home runs, 57 RBIs and drew 56 walks in his last 103 games — 60 of which were with Springfield.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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