The St. Louis Cardinals have received some major contributions from their young stars in recent years.
So far in the 2023 season, Nolan Gorman has been that star.
The 22-year-old made his MLB debut last season and showed off glimpses of his potential, hitting 14 home runs.
This season, he is already hitting .333 with four home runs, 14 RBI, a stolen base, and a 1.088 OPS.
Gorman drove in a run on Sunday, tying the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at four runs apiece in the bottom of the 10th inning.
St. Louis won by a 5-4 final.
After the game, Gorman’s teammate Lars Nootbaar was singing his praises.
Nootbaar on Gorman: "I came up with him in the minor leagues — he was the first-rounder in my draft class. I've seen him a lot and seen do this a lot. For him now to be breaking out the way he is, it's pretty special." #STLCards pic.twitter.com/1ETdUFcXjW
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) April 16, 2023
Nootbaar came up with Gorman in the minor leagues.
Both were part of the 2018 draft class.
That year, Gorman was the Cardinals’ first-round pick.
Nootbaar commented on how before the season, he read an article that talked about Gorman as a potential breakout star for the Cardinals in 2023.
Nootbaar has of course seen a lot of Gorman in recent years, but he expressed pride in his teammate for his ability to break out and seemingly prove any of his doubters wrong.
The young Cardinals outfielder says that it’s been fun to watch Gorman and that it’s a special experience to see him break out the way he has this season.
Gorman hit two home runs last week while the Cardinals battled the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Both of them were game-winning home runs.
Gorman has given the Cardinals an offensive spark and is in position for a big season.NEXT: Cardinals Congratulate Their Manager On A Key Milestone