DOB: 11/16/1987 (Age 28)
Place of Birth: Mansfield, TX
Teams: Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals
Jordan Craig Walden was born on November 16, 1987 in Fort Worth, Texas. He went to Mansfield High School and Graduated in 2005. He later went on to attend Grayson County Community College where he was drafted in the 2006 draft in the 12th round by the Los Angeles Angels. He spent 2007 in rookie ball and pitched well enough to be named 70th on Baseball America’s prospect list in 2008. He then pitched his first full season in 2008 spending time in single A ball posting an impressive 2.76 ERA in 27 starts. He spent the majority of 2009 on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow. He bounced back in 2010 being named to the double A All star team which lead to his Major League Debut on August 22, 2010. He went on to have 16 appearances that season, 12 of which were scoreless. He was traded in 2012 to the braves for Tommy Hanson. He pitched two seasons in Atlanta and then was traded to St. Louis as part of the Jason Heyward trade. He spent the majority of 2015 on the disabled list with rotator cuff and right biceps injuries.
As A Player
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats: R Throws: R
Lifetime Line: 39 Saves, 3.00 ERA, 266 Strikeouts
Jordan Walden is a valuable piece to the backend of the Cardinals Bullpen. He has always been a flamethrower but arm troubles have caused him to alter his pitching style. He has started to feature his newly developed changeup more and more throwing it 18% of the time in 2015, a major increase from the 10% that he threw it the two seasons prior. He is still very reliant on his hard fastball. His fastball sits in the mid 90’s and he complements it with a hard slider. Walden also utilizes his unique pitching style to his advantage. In his delivery, he jumps towards the plate, distracting the hitter while making his fastball appear much faster than it actually is. He also pauses before he is about to release the ball making it almost impossible for hitters to time his pitch.