Alumni Update: Jordan Walker Extends Hitting Streak


Jordan Walker steps into the batters box. Photo courtesy of Sewageboy, licensed under Creative Commons

While the St. Louis Cardinal’s season has gotten off to a lackluster 4-7 start, placing the team last in the National League Central Division, Cards rookie and Decatur High School alumni Jordan Walker has impressed in his first 11 MLB starts. 

In his first career at-bat on MLB Opening Day, Walker singled against Toronto Blue Jay’s ace Alex Manoah; the 20-year-old drove in his first run with a grounder to second later in the game. 

Walker has posted a .326 average through his first 11 games, with 8 RBIs and 2 home runs to boot. The rookie’s first career home run came against his hometown Atlanta Braves. 

Last night, Walker recorded a 7th-inning single in a 9-6 Cardinals win over the Colorado Rockies. Having recorded a hit in each of his first 11 starts, Walker now has the second-longest career-opening hitting streak in MLB history, only one shy of Eddie Murphy’s 12-game record. 

Today, the Cardinals face off against the Rockies in game three of a three-game series; Walker has the opportunity to tie Murphy’s 1912 record, and possibly break it the following night at home against the Pittsburg Pirates.