Duke signee Jordan Walker was hitting .467 in 16 games when his senior season was stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Walker batted .519 with 17 home runs, 60 RBI, 43 runs scored and 24 stolen bases as a junior.
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Decatur third baseman is Gatorade state player of year

Decatur third baseman Jordan Walker lost most of his senior season when spring sports were shut down in March, but the first-round MLB draft prospect won’t go away without a final honor.

Walker was named the Gatorade Georgia player of the year on Friday.

Walker, who has signed with Duke, was hitting .457 with four home runs and 15 RBI in Decatur’s 16 games. He is the nation’s No. 2 prospect, according to Perfect Game, and is a likely first-round pick in the MLB draft.

As a junior, he batted .519 with 17 home runs, 60 RBI, 43 runs scored and 24 stolen bases. 

Past Georgia winners include Kumar Rocker of North Oconee (2018), Drew Waters of Etowah (2017), Josh Lowe of Pope (2016) and Dazmon Cameron of Eagle’s Landing Christian (2015).

“I have had the pleasure of competing against Jordan Walker for several years now and he is a personable, hard-working player who always gives his best,” said Adam Cantrell, head coach at Providence Christian. “Twice he has beaten my team with late-inning home runs and had a huge smile on his face while running the bases—not gloating, but loving the sport like a little kid. I will miss the competition, but not his prowess over my pitchers.” 

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