Cardinals select third baseman Jordan Walker with No. 21 overall pick in MLB Draft

The Cardinals selected third baseman Jordan Walker with the No. 21 overall pick in Wednesday's MLB Draft.
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ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals added more talented depth to an already strong position group in the first round of Wednesday night’s MLB Draft, selecting third baseman Jordan Walker from Decatur High School in Georgia.

Walker, a Duke commit, was ranked as the No. 33 prospect in the draft by MLB Pipeline and is lauded for his power-hitting potential. He was named the 2020 Georgia Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year after batting .457 with four home runs, 15 RBIs and 1.555 OPS before the season was cancelled. As a junior, Walker hit .519 with 17 home runs, 60 RBIs, 43 runs and 24 stolen bases.

“Jordan impressed our staff on the summer circuit and then again in the abbreviated spring with the strides he continued to make,” said Cardinals assistant general manager and scouting director Randy Flores. “His feel for the game, maturity and work ethic will position him well in our player development system.”

Three of the Cardinals’ top 16 prospects as ranked by Pipeline are third basemen — Nolan Gorman (No. 2), Elehuris Montero (No. 7) and Malcom Nuñez (No. 16) — so the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Walker may end up at a different position as he moves up the minor league ladder.