Cards Top Draft Pick Making Rookie Ball Look Easy

To make his early success story even better, the young man hit a home run in his pro debut on June 19. 

July 09, 2018 - 3:14 pm
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The St. Louis Cardinals 2018 first-round draft pick is having a monster start to his professional baseball career. Although he hasn't even reached 60 career at bats, the power ability of the 18-year-old is apparent. 

In his first 15 games with the Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie), Gorman is clearly one of the best hitters in that league. He's batting .302 with 10 RBI and his six home runs, which is tied for top of the league. Between June 30 and July 5, he hit five home runs in five games. 

His .660 slugging percentage is 4th-best and .422 on-base plus slugging is 15th best in the Appalachian League.  

To make his early success story even better, the young man hit a home run in his pro debut on June 19. 

In June, Gorman became the first MLB Draft pick to be born this century (born May 10, 2000). He was selected 19th overall, which 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. 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.