Nolan Gorman Cardinals homer seventh time in seven games

Nolan Gorman Cardinals homer seventh time in seven games

The sun is up, the water is wet and Nolan Gorman has gone deep…again.

Playing the role of a maxed-out video game version of himself, baseball’s No. 32 overall prospect has gone far for the fifth straight game and seventh time in his last seven games. The solo explosion turned out to be Triple-A Memphis’ 2-1 win over visiting Omaha.

Gorman’s seven home runs are second among the minors, one behind Reno’s Matt Davidson.

But even amid such an eye-opening streak, the 21-year-old remains grounded.

“I’m not up there thinking about [the home runs]”, Gorman said. “You have to put on blinders, in a way, but I’m just out there trying to improve and with that the results will take care of themselves. It’s been a good time…a fun time.”

After striking out in each of his first two plate appearances, the 2018 first-round pick unloaded on a 2-1 pitch that went over the right field fence. His chance for a second multihomer game of the start of the campaign ended with a strikeout on his last at bat in the eighth.

“I wasn’t looking to hit a home run there,” Gorman explained. “It’s a draw and a little later [in the game]. We needed a base runner to hopefully get someone over and in. I was lucky to have a pitch I was looking for and put a good swing on it.

Gorman went on a spring training slate of 2 for 16 and seven strikeouts with five strikeouts on nine hits to start the regular season. Since then, he’s gone 14-for-32 (.438) with seven solo homers. Overall, Gorman is batting .341/.400/.854. His home runs represent all of his extra hits and RBIs.

He never let the slow spring and start-up affect his mindset or his routine.

“I trust myself and I wasn’t about to change anything just because the results weren’t there early,” Gorman said. “It was about swinging on better courts and being on time, especially with the fastball. That’s the most important thing for me at home plate. When I’m on time, the results are there and that has been the case for me for the last week or so.”

The Phoenix, Arizona native set career highs in a number of offensive categories in 2021, including hits (134), runs scored (71), homers (25) and RBIs ( 75) with Double-A Springfield and Memphis. Prior to his current streak, Gorman had a career-high three games in 2019 and won four straight last year.

Even after just 11 games in 2022, Gorman is no longer knocking on the Majors’ door, he’s hammering on it. Don’t expect him to give it much thought.

“There’s nothing in my head about the Majors right now,” Gorman said. “It’s out of my control and I have to be where my feet are. Right now it’s helping the Redbirds win games. I take it day by day. It usually works out well for me.”

Jon Heasley allowed one run on three hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. The Royals’ No. 9 prospect has a 1.54 ERA in three starts.

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