‘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. From his first season, he has been active as a full-time major leaguer, winning the Rookie of the Year title, being selected as an All-Star, winning the Silver Slugger award, and accumulating many achievements, including finishing 4th in the MVP vote.
There are signs that a ‘second Pujols’ will appear in the major leagues. Like Pujols, the best prospect in St. Louis has emerged, aiming to debut at the age of 21. Although he has no major league career yet, 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.
In addition, “Walker is living up to the evaluation that he is the 4th overall major league and the 1st prospect in the St. Louis team in 6 demonstration games until the 5th. His slugging percentage reaches 1.167. You have to take into account the low number of at-bats, but his OPS is 1.667.”
The first home run against Washington was estimated to be 143m from the visual distance. The appearance of the 20-year-old monster surprised even the coach of the opposing team. Washington coach Dave Martinez exclaimed, “You shouldn’t throw a mistake. If you throw a mistake, it will come back as a home run.” 세븐 토토
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.”
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.