Nolan Gorman

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Nolan Gorman
St. Louis Cardinals
Third baseman
Born: (2000-05-10) May 10, 2000 (age 19)
Phoenix, Arizona
Bats: Left Throws: Right

Nolan Brian Gorman (born May 10, 2000) is an American professional baseball third baseman in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.


Gorman attended Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix, Arizona.[1] He committed to play college baseball at the University of Arizona in August 2015.[2] In 2016, as a sophomore at Sandra Day O'Connor High School, he batted .490 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs, and in 2017, as a junior, he batted .361 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs.[3] That July, he won in the MLB High School Home Run Derby in Miami, Florida.[4] Later in the month he played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game and won their home run derby.[5] In September, he played for the USA Baseball 18U National Team, helping lead Team USA to their fourth consecutive gold medal.[6] In 2018, as a senior, Gorman slashed .421/.641/.894 with ten home runs,[7] helping lead O'Connor to a 6A baseball state championship.[8]

Gorman was selected 19th overall by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.[9] He signed with St. Louis for $3,231,000 and was assigned to the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie Appalachian League.[10][11] He homered in the second at-bat of his first professional game.[12] During his stint in Johnson City, he was named an Appalachian League All-Star along with being named the league's Player of the Week for July 30-August 5.[13] After batting .345/.440/.662 with 11 home runs and 28 RBIs in 37 games, he was promoted to the Peoria Chiefs of the Class A Midwest League in August.[14] He finished the season with Peoria, batting .202 with six home runs and 16 RBIs in 25 games for the Chiefs.[15]

Gorman returned to Peoria to begin the 2019 season.[16] He was named the Midwest League's first Player of the Week for the 2019 season on April 15 after batting .395 with four home runs and 13 RBIs.[17] In June, he was named to the Midwest League All-Star Game,[18] and competed in the Home Run Derby.[19] On June 19, he was promoted to the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League.[20] In July, he represented the Cardinals in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game alongside Dylan Carlson.[21] Over 125 games between Peoria and Palm Beach, Gorman slashed .248/.326/.439 with 15 home runs and 62 RBIs.


Gorman has been friends with fellow 2018 1st round pick, Matthew Liberatore, since they were 5.[22] Gorman was the first player born in the year 2000 to be drafted by a MLB team. [23]


  1. ^ "MLB Draft: Sandra Day O'Connor (Phoenix) slugger Nolan Gorman drafted by St. Louis Cardinals". USA TODAY High School Sports. June 5, 2018. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Alexander, Ari. "Two Arizona commits drafted in first round of MLB Draft". KVOA. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Arizona commit Nolan Gorman wins High School Home Run Derby". USA TODAY High School Sports. July 11, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  4. ^ "Glendale athlete wins MLB High School Home Run Derby". Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "Gorman is Home Run king again, wins UA All-America Derby". Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mountain Ridge's Matthew Liberatore, SDO's Nolan Gorman lead USA baseball to gold". Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  7. ^ Sanchez, Jesse (May 31, 2018). "The close friendship of two top Draft prospects". Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Jackson, Darrell (May 24, 2018). "Mountain Ridge falls one game short of championship". Glendale Star. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Schaeffer, Brenden. "MLB Draft: Cardinals select two sluggers and a fast-rising college pitcher on day one". KMOV. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Cardinals sign top 2018 Draft pick Gorman". June 11, 2018.
  11. ^ Timmerman, Tom (June 12, 2018). "Cards' top draft pick Nolan Gorman visits Busch, signs contract". Herald&Review. St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  12. ^ Goold, Derek (June 21, 2018). "Cardinals' top draft pick Gorman homers in pro debut". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  13. ^ "Gorman and Parsons Named to 2018 Appalachian League All Star Team". Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  14. ^ Baugh, Peter (August 8, 2018). "Cardinals first-round pick Nolan Gorman promoted to Class A Peoria | Cardinal Beat". Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "Nolan Gorman Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Where will Nolan Gorman and other Cardinals top prospects be as the minor-league season begins?". Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Minor League Players of the Week: Lowe, Gorman, Ober". Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  18. ^ "Gorman, Franco tapped as MWL All-Stars".
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  22. ^ Morin, Richard (February 15, 2018). "Arizona's Matthew Liberatore and Nolan Gorman: Opponents, draft prospects — and best friends".
  23. ^ Cwik, Chris (June 4, 2018). "Ready to feel old? Some of this year's MLB draft class were born in 2000". Yahoo Sports.

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