NEW YORK – The future is about to be there for the Cardinals, who tout the prospects for senior Nolan Gorman And Matthew Liberator For a weekend series in Pittsburgh.
Oliver Marmol, Director of the Cardinals, announced in the wake of the Cardinals 7-6 loss To the Mets on Thursday. Gorman will join the squad on Friday and is expected to start from second base in the team’s series opener against the Buccaneers. That game will Stream exclusively and for free on Apple TV +.
The Liberatore is then scheduled to start on Saturday. The Cardinal uses it to fill a rotation vacancy that arose after playing a double-header earlier in the week.
In the corresponding moves, the club put Tyler O’Neill (right shoulder impingement) on their injured list and moved Jack Flaherty to IL for 60 days.
Gorman, Possibility number 2 for the club And prospect number 29 overall according to MLB Pipeline, instantly adding a strong left-handed presence to the lineup.
“We will use Gorman at second base. He will be in the lineup. He will come here and show what he can do,” Marmol said. He’s been working hard to reduce the blows. It is something he is aware of. He’s going well at it. He makes a lot of connections and leads baseball. We have a need, so he’s coming to fill it.”
The Cardinal drafted out of high school with the 19th overall pick in 2018, and Gorman has achieved .308 with 15 home runs and 1,044 OPS through 34 games with Triple-A Memphis this season. That comes after a 21-cut season in which .279/ .333/ .481 with 25 Hummers between Double-A and Triple-A.
“He’s an exciting player and a power bat,” said Juan Ypez. “He can hit the ball really hard all over the field. It would be nice to have him here.”
However, Gorman’s suitability in St. Louis will not be dictated solely by his racket. He also needed to find a place in the field. To do so, Gorman, 22, began the transition from third base to second base last season, following the club’s acquisition of third base officer Nolan Arenado.
Drafted by Tampa Bay three picks before Gorman, the Liberatore came to St. Louis as part of the 2020 trade that sent Randy Arrosarina into the Rays. the 6-foot-4 southpaw, who logs in as the club No. 3 possibility, has recorded a 3.99 ERA with 169 strikes in 164 2/3 innings in Triple-A since the start of season 21. He’s walked fewer than three strikes in nine innings each season thanks to his advanced gravity. The MLB Pipeline assigned an above-average score to each of the Liberatore’s four pitches: fast ball, slider, curveball and change.
Giving him the chance to come here is something I look forward to,” Marmol said of the 22-year-old. “It’s coming and throwing Saturday. We’ll take a good look at it, and see where we want to go from there.”
That these two possibilities hit big companies together is a coincidence, but it’s apt. They were Friends since age 5, when they met while playing on the same field team. They were then teammates on travel soccer teams and with elite programs such as Team USA, before To become roommates in the minor leagues.
And now, their parallel trips take them to Pittsburgh together.
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