The next great St. Louis Cardinals star is bubbling to a boil in Triple-A right now, and it’s time for baseball fans to familiarize themselves with him.
Young St. Louis Cardinals prospect Nolan Gorman has been absolutely raking to begin the season at the club’s highest minor league affiliate. Gorman, 22, has registered 15 hits through his first 50 plate appearances, with seven of them being home runs.
Always a threat to go yard, Gorman has done nothing but hit homers since being drafted by the Cards in the first round of the 2018 Draft. Through his first 325 games in the Cardinals system, he has 65 home runs, topping out at 25 last season as he has continued to inch closer to his first look in the big leagues.
In an effort to get him to the big leagues faster, the Cardinals have begun trying him out at second base in addition to his primary position of third base.
The only “problem” for both Gorman and the Cards is that he’s blocked by Tommy Edman at second and Nolan Arenado at third.
How does Nolan Gorman fit into the St. Louis Cardinals plans?
This positional logjam poses an interesting question that led Brett Ramsey over at Redbird Rants to ask, does Gorman’s offensive successes make him something of a trade piece? As Ramsey mentions, the Cardinals also have uber-prospect Jordan Walker at third base, so trying Gorman out at other positions may be the way to go if they are looking to keep his value high.
With the designated hitter now full-time in both the American and National League, it’s reasonable to assume that that spot could eventually go to Gorman but the more I think about the Cards flipping him for a high-end pitcher, the more I like the idea.
While the Cardinals have some great starting pitching, it’s hard not to notice the fact that Jack Flaherty and Alex Reyes are both sidelined with injuries, Adam Wainwright is likely retiring at year’s end and Jordan Hicks is a reliever that’s currently in the starting rotation. There is certainly room for a potential outside addition and with Nolan Gorman lighting the world on fire if Triple-A, maybe the Cardinals should act quickly while his offensive output is still sky-high.