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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Cardinals To Promote Nolan Gorman, Matthew Liberatore; Tyler O’Neill to IL

The Cardinals are set to promote top prospects Nolan Gorman and Matthew Liberatore heading into this weekend’s series against the Pirates, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Twitter links).

According to Goold, Gorman will be in tomorrow’s starting lineup at second base. That figures to be his primary role moving forward, with Gold Glove second baseman Tommy Edman kicked to the other side of the bag. Edman has been excellent this season, but the Cards haven’t gotten much production out of their shortstops. Paul DeJong struggled enough the team optioned him to Triple-A Memphis last week, seemingly setting the stage for a forthcoming Gorman promotion.

That’s not to say the Cardinals hastily promoted Gorman to compensate for struggles at the major league level — far from it. The left-handed hitter has forced his way to the majors with an incredible showing in Memphis. Over 147 plate appearances, he’s hitting .308/.367/.677 with an astounding 15 home runs. No other Triple-A batter has more than 13 round-trippers, and only the Cubs’ Robel García has a higher slugging percentage in the International League.

Gorman’s production hasn’t been completely without issue, as he’s gone down on strikes 50 times. That’s a 34% clip, an alarming rate for any minor leaguer considering the higher quality of pitching he’ll face in the majors.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2022 at 06:41 PM | 7 comment(s)
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