Cardinals promote three top Minor League hitting prospects

Trio of Infielders Nolan Gorman, Malcom Nuñez & Jordan Walker to Move Up One Level on Tuesday

 

ST. LOUIS, Mo., – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that minor league infielders Nolan Gorman, Malcom Nuñez, and Jordan Walker have been promoted and will report to their respective teams on Tuesday. Nolan Gorman will advance to Triple-A Memphis, Malcom Nuñez to Double-A Springfield, and Jordan Walker to High-A Peoria.

 

Gorman, the organization’s top offensive prospect and number two overall player, was the club’s first round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft out of Sandra Day O’Connor HS (AZ). The 21-year-old, left-handed power hitter has played in 43 games for the Springfield Cardinals (AA) this season and has hit .288 (51-for-177) with 11 HR, 27 RBI and a .862 OPS. Since June 1, he has batted .301 with 8 HR and 17 RBI and earned Double-A Central Player of the Week honors for the weeks of June 7. The number 28 overall prospect in all of baseball has split his time between third base (23 starts) and second base (16 starts) this season.

 

Nuñez, signed as an international free agent out of Havana, Cuba in July 2018, ranks as the organization’s seventh-best hitting prospect and 13th overall. In 35 games with the Peoria Chiefs (A+) this season, the 20-year-old third baseman has batted .285 (39-for-137) with 15 extra-base hits, 20 RBI, 5 stolen bases and a .804 OPS. Nuñez and Gorman spent the 2020 season at the team’s Alternate Training Site in Springfield, Mo. during the pandemic that resulted in the cancellation of the minor league season.

 

Walker, the Cardinals’ 1st round selection in last year’s MLB Draft out of Decatur HS (GA), was recently named a Top 100 prospect by Baseball America in his first season of professional baseball. The 19-year-old third baseman has had a blistering start, slashing .374/.475/.687/1.162 in his first 27 games for the Palm Beach Cardinals (A) with 11 doubles, a triple, 6 HR, 24 runs scored and 18 RBI, despite missing 19 games from May 21-June 11 with a wrist injury. The 6-5, 220-pound Stone Mountain-native has twice been selected as Low-A Southeast Player of the Week this season (weeks of May 10 and June 14).

 

Fans won’t have to wait long to see all three prospects in action at their respective home ballparks as Memphis, Springfield and Peoria will play their upcoming series at home this week.