No. 2: Jordan Walker
After being drafted in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft, the 20 year old third baseman has done nothing but mash in his professional career to this point. Walker had the frame and raw talent of a number one pick, but concerns about his bat translating to the pros were too large and he fell to St. Louis at pick 21.
Walker has already made it to AA at such a young age and is eating up the pitching in Springfield. He is currently slashing .309/.403/.500 with 7 HR and 15 SB and looks like he could big big league ready in the next year or two.
Assuming Walker keeps up his play this season, he will likely find himself in the top 10 prospects in all of baseball and pushing for the #1 spot. Few players in the league have a 6’5 frame that boasts both elite power and great athleticism that can translate to the corner infield or corner outfield spots in the majors.
It is rare to find a 20 year old with the tools and production that Walker has put forward so far. The only way Walker is not a cornerstone for the Cardinals for years to come is if he is traded in a package for an MVP level player, and even then, the Cardinals would strongly need to weigh whether that makes sense for their long term plans.