Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker

21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
St. Louis Cardinals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Walker was at the front of the line of the 2023 Shiny New Toy group with a monster spring training that had rapidly pushed him up March draft lists as fantasy managers were hoping for the next Julio Rodriguez. By season's end, the likes of Luke Raley, Ryan O'Hearn, and Brandon Marsh outearned Walker in overall fantasy value. Walker finished the season as an above average run producer (116 wRC+) but did not excel in any one category for the disappointing Cardinals team. Walker did get off to a strong start, but still went back to the minors at the end of April and also hit .209/.258/.352 in July which cut into his overall production. Normally this kind of season would push a player's draft value down to a more reasonable level, but Walker's upside is simply going to be too tempting for fantasy managers to resist. If he can pull the ball a little more, 30 homers should happen and it could also elevate him from the bottom half of the lineup. Read Past Outlooks
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#101
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2023.
Three hits in season finale
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
October 1, 2023
Walker went 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Reds.
ANALYSIS
Walker was held hitless in just five of his last 27 games this season, batting .304 (31-for-102) from the start of September onward. The rookie didn't fully live up to expectations, but he performed well with a .276/.342/.445 slash line, 16 home runs, 51 RBI, 51 runs scored and seven stolen bases across 117 games. Walker's defense in right field remains a work in progress, something he'll likely focus on ahead of 2024. He should be penciled into a starting role once again next year.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
5
9
20
22
23
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
8
7
7
8
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2022
No Stats
2021
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .683 119 13 4 13 1 .231 .294 .389
Since 2021vs Right .823 346 38 12 38 6 .292 .358 .465
2023vs Left .683 119 13 4 13 1 .231 .294 .389
2023vs Right .823 346 38 12 38 6 .292 .358 .465
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2022
No Stats
2021
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .837 245 29 8 32 4 .310 .359 .478
Since 2021Away .730 220 22 8 19 3 .237 .323 .407
2023Home .837 245 29 8 32 4 .310 .359 .478
2023Away .730 220 22 8 19 3 .237 .323 .407
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jordan Walker compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.36
 
BB Rate
8.0%
 
K Rate
22.4%
 
BABIP
.331
 
ISO
.169
 
AVG
.276
 
OBP
.342
 
SLG
.445
 
OPS
.787
 
wOBA
.347
 
Exit Velocity
89.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.5%
 
Barrels/PA
5.2%
 
Expected BA
.267
 
Expected SLG
.426
 
Sprint Speed
24.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
46.9%
 
Line Drive %
17.9%
 
Fly Ball %
35.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
The Cardinals' outfield may be a bit crowded, but the drafting public expects Walker to be a significant factor in 2023. A former third baseman who could also fit nicely at first base, Walker now patrols right field due to the Cardinals having two future Hall of Famers at the infield corners. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-handed slugger posted a .306/.388/.510 slash line with 19 home runs, 22 steals (on 27 attempts) and a 21.6 K% as the youngest qualified hitter at Double-A. He capped his season by slashing .286/.367/.558 with five home runs, three steals and a 23:10 K:BB in 21 Arizona Fall League games. Walker is a top-five prospect for dynasty leagues, and his 70-grade raw power is his most bankable long-term tool. He moves well for his size, but he is not a Julio Rodriguez-caliber athlete or prospect, contrary to some public comparisons. It's possible he will win a job out of spring training, but it's not a certainty.
Walker was the best realistic version of himself in his pro debut, showing off his huge raw power while hitting for a surprisingly high batting average with a promising amount of contact and patience. He hit .317/.388/.548 with 14 home runs, a 9.1 BB% and a 23.8 K% as a 19-year-old splitting time between Low-A and High-A. A massive specimen for a teenage third baseman (6-foot-5, 220 pounds), Walker's 14 steals on 16 tries won't translate as he matures and moves up the ladder, but he looks the part of a future big-league cleanup hitter. His plate discipline metrics fell off after the promotion to High-A, but given his age (turns 20 in late May) and how aggressively the Cardinals pushed him, that was not unexpected, and he was still 24 percent better than league average. At his size, it will be tough for him to make enough contact to be a positive contributor in batting average, but he could hit around .260 at peak. The big selling point is that Walker seems like a good enough hitter that he could realistically get to all of his 70-grade raw power in games. He may end up having to move to first base or right field in a couple years.
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Posts steal Saturday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
September 23, 2023
Walker went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's 5-2 extra-innings win over the Padres.
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Goes yard in win
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
September 18, 2023
Walker went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Phillies.
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Idle Saturday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
September 9, 2023
Walker isn't in the Cardinals' lineup Saturday against Cincinnati.
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Homer binge continues
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
September 6, 2023
Walker went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 10-6 win over Atlanta.
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Keeps power up Sunday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
September 3, 2023
Walker went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and an additional run scored in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Pirates.
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