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Nolan Gorman's Lineup Spot Revealed for Long-Awaited Debut

Larry Rupp
Nolan Gorman's lineup spot has been revealed for his long-awaited MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Nolan Gorman's lineup spot has been revealed for his long-awaited MLB debut with the St. Louis Cardinals. / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Cardinals have been in search of a spark on offense and hope calling up young second baseman Nolan Gorman can help solve the issue. Baseball's No. 29 prospect is set to make his MLB debut on Friday night and will be hitting sixth against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

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Gorman is hitting smack dab in the middle of a few young outfielders in rookie Juan Yepez and third-year pro Dylan Carlson. The 22-year-old has been lighting up the minor leagues since being drafted in the first round of the 2018 Draft and is widely praised for his power potential as a left-handed hitter.

The Cardinals decided to make the move after Gorman posted a slash line of .308/.367/.677 across 34 games played with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. He also racked up 31 runs scored, 15 home runs, 23 RBI, 4 doubles and 3 stolen bases. All Gorman needs to do is cut down on his strikeouts.

With Tommy Edman sliding over to shortstop, the opportunity is there for Gorman to lock down the starting second baseman job for the rest of the season. That's especially the case if he can keep decreasing his ground ball rate, which dropped from 45.0% in 2021 to 26.5% in 2022 so far.

For now, the Cardinals sit 4.0 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central division. Grabbing a few wins over the Pirates this weekend would go a long way in making up some ground. St. Louis has odds set at +3500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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