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Walker made his debut on opening day and opened the season with a record 12-game hitting streak. 353 through his April 10, his batting average dropped to . 274 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBIs. Walker had 73 plate appearances and he had 20 strikeouts.
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said the decision was made to give Walker, 20, some minor league experience while also giving the team’s other outfielders additional opportunities. said it would be “crazy” to think he would not return to a big league club.
“Some guys need to come out more often and find their rhythm a little bit, but with five guys who deserve to play every day, they just aren’t doing it,” Marmol said. rice field Alec Burleson, Dylan Carlson, Nolan Gorman, Lars Notvaal and Tyler O’neal“But I never got a chance to send the same people out often enough to get into a rhythm based on log jams.
“I think the second part of this is that we have a real superstar in Walker and we have to make sure that we are doing the right thing for Lim and that it is the right thing for us. will do.”
A first-round pick from high school in 2020, Walker jumped from Double-A to the majors in March of this year, joining Eddie Murphy of the 1912 Philadelphia Athletics as the longest player to start his career under the age of 20. set a record. .
However, Walker has played in only four of the Cardinals’ last six games, and has had multiple hits in just four games this season.
“In Double-A you see a lot of firepower, a lot of guys, and big weapons,” says Marmol. “In Triple-A, you see a lot of the players who have been in the league for a while, who are more pitchmakers. They’re gnawing and spinning. He didn’t get to experience that, so he needs an adjustment. It’s made mechanically and approach-wise, so I think it’s a good fit to go there, take care of it, and then come back, meet us, and help us win. Jordan Walker will be back.