Future Watch: Nolan Gorman Rookie Baseball Cards, Cardinals – Nolan Gorman was drafted 19th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. After the draft, he reported to the Johnson City Cardinals.
In Johnson City, he had 143 at-bats, slugging 10 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, and 28 RBI in 38 games. That coupled with a .350 batting average got him promoted to Class A.
He finished out 2018 playing for the Peoria Chiefs. He hit three doubles, six homers and 16 RBI with a .426 slugging percentage. It was a good end to his first professional season.
In 2019, the 6-1, 210-pound third baseman started out in A-ball. At 19, this was a good course of action. Back with Peoria, getting 242 at-bats did show dividends; 14 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 41 RBI with a .344 OBP and a .448 slugging percentage.
Here’s a look at his sweet swing:
According to his MLB.com Prospect Profile:
Gorman has light-tower power from the left side of the plate, with some scouts giving his raw power a 70-grade on the 20-to-80 scale. That power does come with some holes in his swing and leads to some swing-and-miss tendencies, but there’s no denying that Gorman has ultra-quick hands and bat speed. He proved that he could make hard contact against good competition over the summer (when pitchers weren’t avoiding him) and continued to do so during his pro debut, all while demonstrating a quality approach. Some evaluators wonder whether Gorman will remain a third baseman on account of his rigid actions and the likelihood of decreased mobility as he matures physically. He does have the arm strength for the position, however, and is praised for his instincts. If Gorman can continue to refine his approach enough to tap into that power consistently, he has the chance to perfectly fit the profile of a run-producing third baseman in the middle of a big-league lineup. ETA 2022.
This player has the right stuff and the Cardinals don’t miss on too many first rounders. Make sure his cards are a part of your collection!
Future Watch: Nolan Gorman Rookie Baseball Cards, Cardinals – Stats
|2018||18||2 Teams||2 Lgs||Rk-A||STL||63||274||237||49||69||13||1||17||44||1||5||34||76||.291||.380||.570||.949||135||1||1||0||2||0|
|2019||19||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A-A+||STL||125||512||456||65||113||30||6||15||62||2||1||45||152||.248||.326||.439||.765||200||5||9||0||2||3|
|All Levels (2 Seasons)||188||786||693||114||182||43||7||32||106||3||6||79||228||.263||.345||.483||.828||335||6||10||0||4||3|
|A+ (1 season)||Minors||58||230||215||24||55||16||3||5||21||0||1||13||73||.256||.304||.428||.732||92||3||2||0||0||0|
|A (2 seasons)||Minors||92||389||335||49||77||17||3||16||57||2||2||42||118||.230||.326||.442||.768||148||3||8||0||4||3|
|Rk (1 season)||Minors||38||167||143||41||50||10||1||11||28||1||3||24||37||.350||.443||.664||1.107||95||0||0||0||0||0|
Future Watch: Nolan Gorman Rookie Baseball Cards, Cardinals – More Resources
- MiLB.com Player Profile – Nolan Gorman
- Nolan Gorman – Secondary Market Pricing
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