5 St. Louis Cardinals Who Will Breakout in 2022

May 2, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dylan Carlson (3) warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 2, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dylan Carlson (3) warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nolan Gorman (81) rounds second base after connecting a home run against the New York Mets during the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

Nolan Gorman

The highly touted Cardinals prospect Nolan Gorman will make his long awaited Major League debut at some point during the 2022 season, and his entry into the lineup could be exactly what St. Louis needs to take their lineup to the next level.

In desperate need of a big left handed bat in the lineup, the Cardinals could see Gorman split time at DH and 2nd base once called up this season while batting 5th or 6th for the Redbirds. Across 119 games in AA and AAA last season, Gorman slashed .279/.333/.481 with 20 doubles, 25 home runs, and 75 RBIs. The power that Gorman can bring from the left side to this St. Louis lineup would allow the team to lengthen their lineup even more and truly have the potential to put up runs up and down the lineup.

The biggest question facing Gorman is when he will be called up. Once he makes the big league club, the team will surely look to give him everyday at bats, and if Gorman lives up to the hype, he could even make a push at NL Rookie of the Year while providing the Cardinals will the jolt needed to make a run this season.

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