ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Cardinals used their highest draft pick in five years, # 19 overall, to select a punchy young third baseman from Phoenix.
The Cardinals have taken third baseman Nolan Gorman, 18, of the Sandra Day O & Connor High School in Phoenix. He is the first player to be born in 2000 in the MLB draft.
Gorman bats are left-handed and stands 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. He hit .419 with 32 home runs, 118 RBIs and 115 runs scored in his high school career. He hit .421 with 10 homers as a senior, helping lift the Eagles to their first 6A state championship.
"Gorman has a different profile from what we've selected before, and we're excited to bring this type of player into our system," said John Moseliak, president of the Cardinals baseball team.
Gorman has won several home-run derbies, including the MLB High School Home Run Derby 201
"We were thrilled to take Nolan," said Cardinal Scouting Director Randy Flores. "The way the board worked, you can not believe that a left-handed hitter is as young as he is, who played with the power on the biggest stage available to us."
The election of Gorman was the highest for the Cardinals since 2013, when they brought the pitcher Marco Gonzales to 19th place.