Cardinals sign top 2018 Draft pick Gorman

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The Cardinals have signed their 2018 first-round pick, prep infielder Nolan Gorman, according to MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis. Gorman agreed to the slot value of $3,231,700 for the No. 19 overall pick, where St. Louis selected the 18-year-old.

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The Cardinals have signed their 2018 first-round pick, prep infielder Nolan Gorman, according to MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis. Gorman agreed to the slot value of $3,231,700 for the No. 19 overall pick, where St. Louis selected the 18-year-old.

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A third baseman from Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix, Gorman was among the premier power-hitting prospects in this year’s Draft class. He was ranked MLB Pipeline’s No. 12 overall prospect in this year’s Top 200 crop.

The left-handed-hitting Gorman’s raw power earned as high as a 70 grade on the 20-to-80 scale, and he was the champion at the MLB All-Star Game High School Home Run Derby in Miami and at the Under Armour All-American Game in Chicago last summer.

Video: Randy Flores on selecting Gorman 19th overall

“We love what he brings to the batter’s box, and we’re curious to see how that develops when we give him time,” Cardinals scouting director Randy Flores said. “When you’re younger, there is uncertainty, and sometimes that uncertainty is a good thing. If you go through three years of college with swing-and-miss issues, there is certainty there are those swing-and-miss issues. With youth, you’ll see. There is time to settle through those.”

Born on May 10, 2000, Gorman was the first player born in the 2000s to be drafted.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.

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