ML record in 111 years, a 20-year-old monster rookie appears
St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jordan Walker (20) set a new record after 111 years in the major leagues.
Walker started as the 7th batter in right field against the Colorado Rockies held at Coors Field in Denver on the 11th (Korean time).
Walker, who was backed off with a grounder to first base in the third inning and a float to center field in the fifth, hit a heavy hit against left-hander Brent Shooter in the seventh inning after two outs. With this hit, Walker increased the debut streak of a rookie under the age of 20 to ’10 games’. It is the most since Eddie Murphy (12 games) in 1912. He surpassed Ted Williams’ record of nine consecutive hits in his debut.
Walker, who was selected by St. Louis with 토토사이트the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2020 draft, is expected to be the ‘second Albert Pujols’. He is rated as the No. 4 overall MLB pipeline prospect and No. 1 within the Cardinals.
Walker went straight from Double-A to the major leagues without going through Triple-A. In 2021 he played in Single A and High Single A. He had a batting average of 3.17 (103 in 325 at-bats), 14 homers, 48 RBIs, a .548 slugging percentage, and a .936 OPS in 82 games.
Last year, he appeared in 119 games at Double-A, posting a batting average of 3.6 (141 in 461 at-bats), 19 homers, 68 RBIs, a slugging percentage of .610, and an OPS of .898.
He was confirmed to be on the opening roster at the end of this year’s spring camp exhibition game. Walker played in 20 games in the exhibition game and recorded a batting average of .277 (18 hits in 65 at-bats), 3 home runs, 9 RBIs, and an OPS of .791.
Picked up by St. Louis in the 1999 draft, Pujols made his major league debut in 2001 after playing 130 games in single-A and high single-A and three in triple-A in 2000.
Walker, who went 1-for-5 in the opening game against Toronto as the 8th hitter, has since played as the starting outfielder for 10 consecutive games and has continued a 10-game hitting streak. On the 6th, against Atlanta, he hit a home run in his major league debut. As of the 11th, Walker has a batting average of 3.42 (13 hits in 38 at-bats), 2 homers, 8 RBIs, a slugging percentage of .553, and an OPS of .943.
In the first year of his debut in 2001, Pujols posted a batting average of 3.29, 37 homers, 130 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.013 in 161 games, winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award, All-Star, Silver Slugger, and MVP.
Attention is focusing on whether Walker can grow into the ‘second Pujols’.