Eight Cardinals Headed to 2022 Arizona Fall League

photo: Jordan Walker and Masyn Winn (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Eight St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, including three top 10 prospects. will suit up for the 2022 Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League prospect showcase, running from October 3 until November 12.

Four current Springfield Cardinals lead the way – outfielder Jordan Walker, shortstop Masyn Winn, right-handed pitcher Kyle Leahy and outfielder Mike Antico (taxi squad). Springfield hitting coach Tyger Pederson was named to the Rafters’ staff.

From Triple-A Memphis are right-handed reliever Ryan Loutos, catcher Pedro Pages and left-handed pitcher Connor Thomas, with right-handed pitcher Tink Hence from High-A Palm Beach.

Seven of the eight are members of The Cardinal Nation’s Top 50 Prospect List. Three are in the top 10, all 20 years of age and representing the organization’s first three selections in the 2020 draft:

1. Walker
2. Winn
7. Hence
29. Thomas
33. Antico
40. Pages
47. Loutos

Jordan Walker

Walker, 20, has 18 home runs and 22 steals, so is just two home runs away from becoming the first player in Springfield history to have a 20-20 season. The power-hitting outfielder is batting .308 with an .898 OPS and 64 RBI in 118 Double-A games and is a top-10 prospect in all of baseball.

Masyn Winn

Winn, 20, is an amazingly athletic shortstop who has stolen 41 bases, hit 35 doubles, eight triples and 12 home runs between Peoria and Springfield. He is batting .285 with a strong .837 OPS.

Tink Hence

Hence, 20, is one of the most promising pitchers in the system. Held to four innings and 60-65 pitches per start for Palm Beach, Hence posted a 1.38 ERA and struck out 81 batters in 52 1/3 innings over 16 starts.

Connor Thomas

Thomas, 24, was a prospect on the rise heading into 2022, but has struggled in the Memphis rotation. The lefty has thrown 126 1/3 innings, posting a 5.27 ERA.

Mike Antico

After stealing 37 bases through 71 games with High-A Peoria to start the season, Antico has taken 30 more with Springfield, bringing his season total to 67, seventh-most in Minor League Baseball. The 24-year-old is the first Cardinals farmhand to steal 60 or more in a season since 2001.

As a taxi squad player, Antico will be eligible to play in just two games per week.

Pedro Pages

Pages, 24, has split his season between Double-A and Triple-A, where he’s posted OPSes of .754 and .631, respectively. However, the right-handed hitter has come on as he gains more experience in the International League, with an .842 OPS over the last 30 days.

Ryan Loutos

Loutos, 23, has pitched at three levels in 2022. The non-drafted free agent signee in 2021 began his year at High-A Peoria (3.14 ERA) then excelled with Double-A Springfield (1.61 ERA) before earning a promotion to Memphis on July 1. The going has been much rougher in Triple-A, with a .412 batting average against leading to a 7.36 ERA in 22 innings.

Kyle Leahy

Leahy, 25, has been a workhorse in the Double-A rotation, but has taken his lumps in 2022 with a 5.23 ERA in 141 innings pitched. However, in his three September outings totaling 18 innings, Leahy has yielded just two runs (1.00 ERA) and fanned 15.

With Hence, Thomas and Leahy all starters, one will be selected to be a member of the Rafters rotation with the others working out of the bullpen in the AFL.

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