Future Watch: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Cards, Trio to collect

Future Watch: St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Cards, Trio to collect – The St. Louis Cardinals have a great tradition of producing future stars. Fans and collectors are well aware of this, and like most years, they have a solid trio to pay attention to. Some are producing at the major league level currently, and some will take a few seasons. Two of them are position players, and that’s going to bode well for the future of the Cardinals because good positional players don’t grow on trees.

Dylan Carlson was drafted 33rd overall in 2016. That created some expectations, and so did his 6-2, 205-pound frame. His father coached him during his high school baseball days at Elk Grove located in California. It took a few years for his power stroke to emerge, and that’s what happened in 2018; he started the year with the Peoria Chiefs in A-ball and ended it with the Palm Beach Cardinals in A+ ball, hitting 11 homers and driving in 62. With the Cardinals in 2020, Carlson played a solid outfield, showed some speed, and hit one of his three home runs with an exit velocity of 108 miles per hour.
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Nolan Gorman was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round in 2018. The third baseman out of O’Connor High School in Phoenix, Arizona was a no-brainer selection. As a sophomore, he hit .490. In 2017, he hit 11 homers, won the MLB High School Home Run Derby, and played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. After hitting .421 as a senior, he reported straight to the minor leagues after the draft. Gorman hit 17 home runs combined playing for two teams. Gorman has a classic power swing and can hit towering home runs at every level.
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Ivan Herrera signed with the Cardinals as an international free agent in 2017. Some stated this prospect could be the next Yadier Molina. That’s a lot to expect, but it’s fair to call him the catcher of the future. 2019 was a big year for Herrera as he hit eight home runs and drove in 42 for the Peoria Chiefs. This catcher was elevated to the Cardinals alternate training site in 2020 and coming into the 2021 season was voted a top-10 catching prospect by MLB.com. Herrera is hitting for more power but now has mastered the position defensively, a must to get to the next level. An offseason throwing program has increased his arm strength to throw out runners. Molina is tutoring him now in spring training. Herrera may soon be the best prospect in their system.
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