Walker hit .292/.344/.487 with eight homers and 13 steals across 55 games with High-A Peoria to close out the 2021 minor-league regular season. The 19-year-old wasn't able to replicate his breathtaking .374/.475/.687 line from Low-A prior to his promotion, but he still turned in an extremely impressive campaign overall. Curiously, after attempting just a single steal at the lower level, Walker ran much more often with Peoria, and to good effect -- he was caught just twice. Don't count on him running too much in the majors with his massive frame, though. Even at his tender age, Walker is already big and strong at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, and he projects to hit for big-time power down the line. Don't sleep on him.
Walker was promoted to High-A Peoria from Low-A Palm Beach on Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports. The 2020 first-round pick is receiving his first taste of professional baseball this year, and he slashed .374/.475/.687 with six homers, 11 doubles, 21 RBI and 24 runs in 27 games at Low-A to earn the promotion. Walker is likely in line for a longer stint at High-A, but it could be another quick stop if he continues to hit at such a high level.
Walker (undisclosed) was activated from the 7-day injured list Saturday. Walker spent two weeks on the shelf with an undisclosed issue. He'll now look to get back to the form he showed prior to the injury, when he hit .333/.474/.600 over 13 games.
Walker was placed on the 7-day minor-league injured list with Low-A Palm Beach on Friday. The Cardinals didn't provide a reason for the move. Walker didn't get into any game action after being selected in the first round of last year's draft due to the canceled minor-league schedule, but he's looked great through his first 13 games for Palm Beach, hitting .333/.474/.600 with a pair of homers.