No. 4: Nolan Gorman
This may be a bit controversial considering the meteoric rise of Tommy Edman in 2022, but the ceiling that Nolan Gorman has in his game makes him a more untouchable asset for St. Louis.
After slugging 15 HR in just 34 games of action for the Memphis Redbirds, Gorman received his big league call up and continues to flash signs of plus power from the second base position. In 38 games for St. Louis, Gorman is hitting .248/.319/.456 with 7 HR and18 RBI while fighting to improve his strikeout rate.
While there are some games where Gorman still looks very inexperienced at the plate, every Cardinals fan already knows that it just takes one swing for Gorman to change a ballgame. His ability to do damage as a rookie is something that cannot be downplayed, even as he seeks to improve the holes in his game.
The appeal of Gorman has always been the power, and if he continues to adjust to Major League pitching, he can be a 30-40 HR a year guy from the second base position, which is a huge advantage to have in this league. A popular comparison for Nolan Gorman has been a better version of Dodgers slugger Max Muncy, and if he becomes that, he is easily one of the top hitters in baseball.
Being just a rookie, the Cardinals have at least six years of team control for the young slugger. It would take a superstar in return for the Cardinals to consider parting ways with their star rookie.