Two St. Louis Cardinals prospects selected for the Futures Game

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: A detailed view of a batting helmet as the World Team plays the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: A detailed view of a batting helmet as the World Team plays the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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The St. Louis Cardinals may not get two players in the All-Star game, but they will at least have two of their top prospects in the Futures Game.

Two of the best St. Louis Cardinals prospects were selected for the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 7th in Cleveland. The two prospects getting this honor are none other than Dylan Carlson and Nolan Gorman.

Last year, Andrew Knizner, Randy Arozarena, and Dakota Hudson were the Cardinals participants last year, and while Arozarena and Knizner didn’t do anything with the bat, Hudson impressed with a strikeout in a perfect inning but overall it was a quiet showing from the Cardinals participants.

This year has a chance to be different though as two of the most exciting hitting prospects in the organization are going to be on display.

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Carlson, just 20 years old, was a Cardinals first-round pick in 2016 and has been pushed very hard by the upper brass as he is currently playing mostly centerfield at AA Springfield and is currently sporting a .280 batting average and .856 OPS with 10 homers and 42 RBI’s. When I say that Carlson is being pushed very hard by the Cardinals, I mean it. Carlson is currently about 4 years younger than the average AA player.

Gorman is very similar in that respect as the 19-year-old who was drafted in the first round of last year’s draft is currently in High-A Palm Beach where he was just promoted and is about three and a half years younger than the average player. Gorman’s promotion happened just about a week ago and he has started 5 for 22 so far at High-A.

Both Gorman and Carlson are in the top 100 prospects in the league (#30 and #88 respectively) and while the Futures Game doesn’t necessarily mean too much, it’s a nice honor as many of the prospects who participate are quickly making an impact in the Majors.

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Gorman and Carlson are going to be a big part of the next wave of talent coming up the through the Minors as they make up the top two prospects in the Cardinals system currently. The Futures game starts at 6:00 pm on July 7th and while it’s unsure if either of them will start, they will get an at-bat or two each against the best of their peers.

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