10 St. Louis Cardinals studs and duds from May

Paul Goldschmidt #46 and Nolan Arenado #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals look on after the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 14, 2021 in New York City. The Cardinals defeated the Mets 7-6 in eleven innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Paul Goldschmidt #46 and Nolan Arenado #28 of the St. Louis Cardinals look on after the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 14, 2021 in New York City. The Cardinals defeated the Mets 7-6 in eleven innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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St. Louis Cardinals Nolan Gorman
ST LOUIS, MO – MAY 30: Nolan Gorman #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the third inning at Busch Stadium on May 30, 2022 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Puetz/Getty Images) /

Stud: Nolan Gorman

May Stats (10 G): .387/.472/.677, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R, 10 SO

After raking in AAA at an unbelievable level, Nolan Gorman got the call to the major leagues, and he has exceeded expectations.

Despite his incredible play in AAA, many worried about Gorman’s high strikeout rate and how that would translate to the major league level. Gorman’s strikeouts aren’t low by any means, by the 27.8% it currently sits at is significantly lower than his AAA rate. Gorman has been able to attack pitches in the zone and do damage, while laying off tough pitches and drawing walks, just 10 games into his MLB career.

Will there be regression? Sure. But Gorman has been better than advertised, and looks ready to be a major contributor for a contending ballclub already in his young career. Talk about an exciting start for the highly anticipated Gorman.

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