With their first (and only) pick of the evening, the Cardinals selected third baseman Jordan Walker as the 21st overall pick of the 2020 MLB Draft.
With the 21st overall pick, the #STLCards pick Jordan Walker! pic.twitter.com/g2RJViVwgV— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 11, 2020
The 18-year-old Walker stands at 6’5” and hails from Decatur High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Walker signed a letter of intent with Duke back in the fall. The right-handed-hitting Walker was named Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year for 2020, after hitting four homers and batting .457 in 16 games this year. Last year, his junior year, Walker hit .519 with 17 long balls and 43 runs scored for the Decatur Bulldogs.
Jordan Walker last summer at the Perfect Game National Showcase. Video is credited to the 2080 Baseball YouTube channel.
Prior to the Cardinals making their selection, the rest of the NL Central made their first-round picks. The Pirates selected New Mexico State shortstop Nick Gonzales with the seventh overall pick; the Reds chose outfielder Austin Hendrick out of a Pennsylvania high school with the 12th pick; the Cubs selected shortstop Ed Howard out of a Chicago-area high school with the 16th pick, and the Brewers drafted outfielder Garrett Mitchell from UCLA moments before St. Louis selected Walker.
The Cardinals have six more picks tomorrow. Stay tuned!