‘Legend’ Albert Pujols, who retired at the end of last season, played only one year in the minor leagues and went directly to the major leagues. Since his first season, he has been active as a full-time major leaguer, winning the rookie of the year, and accumulating many achievements, including being selected as an All-Star, winning the Silver Slugger, and finishing 4th in the MVP vote.
There are signs that a ‘second Pujols’ will appear in the major leagues. Like Pujols, a top prospect in St. Louis has emerged, aiming to make his debut at age 21. He has no major league career yet, but the fact that he only played two years in the minor leagues reminds him of Pujols. This is a fact acknowledged by coach Oliver Marmol, who came from the St. Louis Minor League and became the head coach.
MLB.com said on the 5th (Korean time), “Looking at Jordan Walker, a giant of 6 feet 5 inches (approximately 196 cm), Pujols from 20 years ago seems to have come back to life.” He stood out with two homers, infield hits, three RBIs and three runs scored.”
In addition, “Walker is living up to the evaluation that he is the 4th overall major league player and the 1st prospect in the St. Louis team in 6 exhibition games until the 5th. With 3 home runs, 2 doubles, 2 infield hits, and 6 RBIs, he has a batting average of 0.500. His slugging percentage reaches 1.167. You have to take into account the low number of at-bats, but his OPS is 1.667.”
His first home run against Washington was estimated to be 143 meters from the visual distance. The appearance of the 20-year-old monster surprised even the coach of the opposing team. Washington manager Dave Martinez said, “You shouldn’t throw a misplaced pitch.
Asked after the game if he had ever hit a home run this big, Walker said, “No. It disappeared from sight, but I didn’t know how far it flew. I think I rode on the wind. I was lucky.” 안전놀이터
St. Louis’ outfield consisted of Tyler O’Neill, Lars Nutba and Dylan Carlson. Walker’s goal is to stay on the major league roster with them. Walker said, “I prepared really hard from the off-season. I did a lot of one-on-one training with the coaches, and there were friends who had facilities to train as much as they wanted,” said Walker.
“He continues to show his ability. He is ready to compete and I am looking forward to it,” said Mamol.