2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Nolan Gorman

by Nick Zaniboni
2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week

After a week across the pond, I am back! Welcome to another iteration of the Dynasty Baseball Player of the week series! 

Wayback two whole weeks ago, I discussed the Tampa Bay Rays star Wander Franco. You can read that here! This week, we will be sticking with the middle infield with the St. Louis Cardinals' second basemen Nolan Gorman.

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2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Nolan Gorman

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Nolan Loves 2021 

Gorman has been a hot name in prospect circles since he was drafted 19th overall in the 2018 MLB draft. He was drafted out of high school, so dynasty managers knew it would be a while before he made an impact on your team. Like many High School draft picks, he had his ups and downs; however, going into 2021, Gorman was slightly disappointing. He was not contributing as much as we hoped in AA, and there was a certain B-word being thrown around (Bust). 

In 2021 something changed, and between AA and AAA, Gorman was who he thought he was. A great hitter who we could see contributing to a fantasy lineup. Nolan hit 25 homers, drove in 75, and slashed .279/.333/.481. The best stat line did not come in AA or AAA. It came in Arizona! In the Arizona Fall League, Gorman was an absolute Stud (it may have only been six games). He hit one dong and slashed .375/.565/.625., some great numbers in a small sample. 

Opportunity Knocks 

Gorman was trying his best to break camp with the Cardinals, but his valiant effort fell short, and he was sent to AAA. While in AAA, Gorman wasted zero time and got off to a hot start. In 34 games, he hit 15 homers and drove in 23 hits .308/.367/.677 is a very impressive showing for the 22-year-old.

You've got to be thinking, well, why is it only 34 games? Well, my fine reader, he was called up to the big leagues on May 19th! 

Gorman has only played in 15 big league games, and with that, he does not have enough stats to look like a baseball savant. However, he has been performing quite well. He has three homers and has an OPS of 1.044, and is playing fine defense at 2B.

He looks to be up for good and should be contributing for the foreseeable future. 

Dynasty Outlook 

Gorman is currently ranked 138th, and I can see him becoming a top-100 player if he can continue to perform. If you were to target Gorman, I would be prepared to pay a premium, but I truly believe it would be worth it. I can see him hitting 20-25 homers and that at 2B is chef's kiss! I hope everyone enjoys their week! 


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