Nolan Gorman, the St. Louis Cardinals top draft pick (19th overall) takes batting practice at Busch Stadium.

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Cardinals Top Draft Pick Nolan Gorman Takes First Swings At Busch Stadium

The 17-year-old will report to Johnson City (Rookie Level) on Wednesday. 

June 11, 2018 - 7:19 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A week ago Nolan Gorman heard his name announced as the No. 19 overall draft pick, going to the St. Louis Cardinals out of Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Arizona. Today, he was wearing a bird on the bat, batting practice uniform with his new co-workers. 

The 17-year-old third base prospect took his turns with the last group of hitters before Monday's Cardinals game at 7:15 against the San Diego Padres. He says he had arrived in St. Louis Sunday with his family and girl friend, planned to do some sightseeing, then will report to Johnson City (Rookie Level) on Wednesday. 

He also signed his contract with the Cardinals yesterday.

The left handed-hitting third baseman batted .419 (116-for-277) with 32 home runs, 118 RBI and 115 runs scored in his high school career. As a senior, he helped lead the Eagles to their first 6A State Championship, hitting .421 with 10 home runs, 46 walks, a .640 on-base percentage and .896 slugging percentage in 32 games. Gorman was showcased on all-star teams and for USA Baseball last summer, and won multiple home run derbies, including the 2017 MLB High School Home Run Derby during All-Star Week in Miami. He also took part in home run hitting contests at Wrigley Field and Petco Park.

Gorman is the highest selection for the Cardinals since 2013 when they took left-handed pitcher Marco Gonzales from Gonzaga University with the 19th overall pick.

When he arrived in the Cardinals clubhouse he was greeted by Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong and other Cardinals players and coaches. 

He joined our Mike Claiborne just after his batting practice session: