The Cardinals’ 2020 MLB Draft could end up being historic

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 16: First Base Coach Eric Davis hugs Jordan Walker #22 of the National League before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Dodger Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 16: First Base Coach Eric Davis hugs Jordan Walker #22 of the National League before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Dodger Stadium on July 16, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /
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Cardinals prospect Masyn Winn makes a throw
National League Futures shortstop Masyn Winn (1) makes an out in the second inning of the All Star-Futures Game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Masyn Winn is catching eyes as an emerging star

Masyn Winn was originally drafted as a two-way prospect in the second round by the Cardinals, but quickly became a full-time shortstop to allow him to focus on becoming an elite defender. Lately, Winn’s emerging bat has raised the ceiling of just how good the 20-year old could be.

In 2022 across High A and mostly AA, Winn slashed .283/.364/.468 with 12 HR and 63 RBI, being nominated to the MLB Futures Game alongside Walker and flashing an 80-grade arm. The shortstop is currently the 51st ranked prospect in baseball according to MLB.com, but many around the league have him jumping even higher, with Keith Law ranking him at number 19 in August (subscription required).

Winn and Walker have followed each other throughout the minor leagues to this point, and that has allowed scouts to get better glimpses at the insane tools that Winn has as well as the unexpected production at the plate. Many speculated that his fielding would be what carried him, but Winn is looking more and more like a well-rounded, star shortstop in the making.

There is a reason why the Washington Nationals were going to want Walker and Winn in any deal for Soto. Walker may be one of the best players in the game before long, and Winn could be one of the best shortstops as well. These two are making headlines almost daily, and provide an exciting future for St. Louis.

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