photo: Katrina, Jordan and Derek Walker (Randy Flores/St. Louis Cardinals)
On Tuesday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of first-round draft pick Jordan Walker, taken 21st overall. The 18-year old third baseman is in St. Louis to complete his physical exam and put pen to paper.
The club made dual announcements via social media as well as in a media session hosted by President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak and Amateur Scouting Director Randy Flores.
Our first-round pick is now an official member of the #STLCards!
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) June 23, 2020
Walker’s signing bonus is $2.9 million, according to Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline, under the slot amount of $3.13 million. Including cost savings with three earlier picks signed and a potential five percent overage, the Cardinals have over $1,100,000 extra to work with.
In The Cardinal Nation’s updated Top 50 Prospect Rankings for the system, Walker initially slotted in at number 7 overall.
Other remaining St. Louis draft picks to be signed are second-rounders Masyn Winn and Tink Hence and fourth-round selection Ian Bedell. All three are overslot candidates.
“I would say in the near future we are optimistic that those will be wrapped up,” Flores said Tuesday.
This year’s signing deadline is August 1.
To learn about the power-hitting Walker’s skills:
To learn about the young man himself:
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