Heading into the 2023 season, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder was considered to be one of the most exciting prospects in all of baseball. While he struggled to start his Cardinals tenure, Walker will now have an opportunity to prove why the hype is real.
Walker took the league by storm after making the Opening Day roster. He at one point tied a St. Louis rookie record with a 12-game hit streak. It looked as if Walker was the next great Cardinals outfielder.
However, things soon fell off the rails. Walker began to struggle and the luster of his promotion soon wore off. By April 26, Walker was sent back down to AAA.
Despite the demotion, Walker continued to put in the work. Over 29 AAA games, Walker hit .239 with four home runs, 16 RBI and four stolen bases. The Cardinals felt he was ready to return back to the majors. In his second opportunity in the bigs, Walker will look to add extra consistency to his game.
During his debut with the Cardinals, Walker played in 20 games. He hit .274 with two home runs, 11 RBI and two stolen bases. There's still plenty of hype around him, as Walker ranks as the best prospect in the Cardinals organization, via MLB Pipeline. Getting a second chance, Walker will now have an immediate opportunity to prove his worth in St. Louis.