Some players seem like they are MLB The Show “Create a player” players. Here I call them Lab Babies. Jordan Walker? Oh, he’s definitely a Lab Baby. You see him and think, “Well, that guy’s 28 years old and has been destroying minor leaguers for years, right?” Then you hear he’s 20 years old and you start stumbling around humping fire hydrants because you’re drunk on rookie nookie. You’re hitting the hooch on that 151 Rum of Sexy Prospect Liquor. You’re drunk all right, but on all natural 80-grade sativa. It’s a strain that grows in prospect journals and gets nothing but shine, no shade whatsoever. Here’s what Prospect Itch has said previously, “I made the trip to see Walker in High-A, but he was on the bench that night, or rather, atop the dugout steps cheering on his new teammates, looking like a human giant. I have no reason to argue against his listed 6’5” 220 lbs, but I can say he dwarfed everyone else on the team. I can also say I saw enough of Walker’s work on MiLB.tv that I want to be driving that bus in dynasty leagues. He features double-plus athleticism for a big man, a controlled swing that explodes through the zone, and plenty of foot speed to make himself a pest on the basepaths. He’s looking like a consensus top ten prospect sooner than later, and I’d like to punch Grey in his head.” Okay, putting aside that last part, this was from Itch last year! Think Itch would be the first person to tell you that Jordan Walker has only got better! So, what can we expect from Jordan Walker for 2023 fantasy baseball?

Keep talking about how Jordan Walker is a Lab Baby and haven’t even shown you yet his 80-grade Cardinals Create-A-Player, Eye-Popping, What-Even-Is-Going-On-With-That. Allow me:

He’s not swinging, guys and five girls. He’s basically putting the bat on the ball and it’s going 450 feet. Okay, unofficial on the measurement, that’s just a dude saying 450, but still. That’s a “whatever” swing and the ball sails out of the stadium. That’s 80-grade power. Here’s more:

Jordan Walker is not 20 years old, and, if he is, he’s a “Pujols 20,” which is to say he might be 20 years old, but people age at different rates, and Jordan Walker is like the kid in your 7th grade class that had a full beard. Saw someone compare him to a young Jermaine Dye. Call him Jermaine Alive. For those who forget, Jermaine Dye was a 35/7/.270 hitter for roughly ten years. Yeah, I’d take that. Oh, but Jordan Walker stole 22 bags in Double-A last year. Welp, buried the lede! WHAT?! 22 bags, bro! What even? He had 22 steals and only 19 homers. Ha. That’s goofy. He had a 21.6% strikeout rate and hit .306. I’m sorry, what is going on? Is this real? The guy in those videos who hit the ball 450 feet and looks like he was born with chest hair hit .306 and stole 22 bags? This guy is unreal. Literally. He’s not a real person. As many of you know, I have a standing desk, and haven’t sat down in 12 years. I think I might need to sit down. Jordan Walker’s made me woozy.

Dude, he’s 6′ 5″! He’s Aaron Judge! My God! Okay, I love this guy. His ETA is the only question mark, and why he’s not the 1st prospect in my fantasy baseball rookies series, but the third bat behind Corbin Carroll and Gunnar Henderson. I asked my Cards’ guy, and he said Walker might break camp with the team, it wouldn’t surprise him. Hows’ever, realistically, they told me they expect Jordan Walker closer to mid-to-late May. So, I love him, but that’s more of a Draft Champions and deep league flyer until we get to March and wait to hear different. For 2023, I’ll give Jordan Walker projections of 51/14/56/.262/6 in 342 ABs with a chance for much more, depending on when he breaks camp. That’s still 350 ABs of wonderful that I am absolutely excited about.

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Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 month ago

Just wanted to say I love this series, the fact that you jump right into 2023 so quickly and that you start with the rookies/prospects.

I do have one question. Will Kodai Senga be a part of this series? Looks like he could make an immediate impact, so I’m curious what your take is. Thanks!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Sounds good to me.

leon
leon
1 month ago

got offered andrew heaney for my brendan donovan. dynasty

NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS
NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS
1 month ago

Given the current landscape of third base, my hope was that he would come up with third base eligibility. Arenado will need to be an investment worth protecting just like Goldie (get your saggy rears some DH ABs). Yepez is another variable that deserves consideration as well. Yepez to TB for a slew of delicious prospects?!? LARS DOESN’T KNOW!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 month ago

As a Cardinals fan, I hope you and Itch are right about Walker.

I can’t remember the last time STL actually produced an elite hitting talent out of it’s farm system. Oh, wait, I do remember that Pujols guy. But that was 21 years ago. Yeah, it’s been that long.

I know elite talents don’t grow on trees, but 21 years is a damn long time to fail to develop or draft an elite hitter. Perhaps Oscar Tavarez was. Perhaps Walker will be. Fingers crossed.

Last edited 1 month ago by Harley Earl
Los locos
Los locos
1 month ago

Grey, crazy. I have all the players so far you listed. Decided after a rough year to rebuild.

Corbin
Henderson
Gray Rod
Walker

captain obvious
captain obvious
1 month ago

So how come he won’t come up until May? I’m out if he’s not to begin.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

I guess I’ll have to wait a season. There are others that can help or will help. Thanks.

California Dreamer
California Dreamer
1 month ago

Cardinals and the Braves…always have a few minor league studs. Rays do it with pitching. Good call on Walker. Thanks.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  California Dreamer
1 month ago

Please, tell me about all the Cardinals hitting homegrown studs over the last couple of decades. Name some because as a lifelong Cards fan, I can’t.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
1 month ago

he’s a big boy……

galica1234
galica1234
1 month ago

Grey!!!!

Awesome!!!

a. Walker is my precious! He played all three OF positions this year, so yeah he’ll play a corner OF position soon, after super 2 prolly.

b. Have a nice weekend!

c. George Carlin quote of the day for November 4, 2022

There’s another thing to make baseball a lot faster, if the pitcher hits the batter with the ball, batter’s out. You hit twenty-seven guys you got yourself a perfect game my friend. You get two really good accurate pitchers out there and you could be out of that ballpark in fifteen minutes. You could be home watching football on TV and see some serious Goddamn injuries. One more thing for baseball. Out in the outfield I would have a series of randomly placed landmines. “There’s Marshall settling under that ball. Boom! Holy shit.”

Playing with your head, 1986

Cheers,
Ante

WeCanRebuildHim
WeCanRebuildHim
1 month ago

Patiently waiting for January Grey. 12 team points league. We keep 10. Three outfielders, only wrinkle is we use a LF, CF, and RF (no generic “OF”)

Thinking about keeping:

Kyle Tucker – RF
Yordan Alvarez – LF
Bo Bichette – SS
Wander Franco – SS/LF
Corbin Carroll – CF
Gunnar Henderson – SS/3B
Corbin Burnes – SP
Sandy Alcantara – SP
Tyler Glasnow – SP
Grayson Rodriguez – SP

I also have Cedric Mullins (CF), who actually finished 30th best hitter in our points league.

Do you like those 10, or would you swap Mullins in? We do have 2 Util positions (no CI/MI).

Open to all!

RoarOf84
RoarOf84
1 month ago

With Arenado around for another 5 years, where does he play – 1B or OF? I’m sure they’ve tried him at different positions in AAA

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  RoarOf84
1 month ago

In 2022 Double-A he played 70 games at 3B and 31 in the OF. In the Arizona Fall League he’s been strictly OF.

Last edited 1 month ago by VinWins