It’s only two weeks into the 2022 season, but Nolan Gorman is finishing his team’s series with a flourish.
After being hit by a pitch in the second inning and popping out to second base in the third, Gorman came through in the sixth. The Redbirds’ designated hitter connected on an offering from Knights starter John Parke and went the other way, depositing it atop the pavilion roof in left for a solo shot.
The homer was Gorman’s sixth in as many games since he launched a pair in his last series finale, April 10 against visiting Gwinnett.
“Guys are a lot better up here,” Gorman said of Triple-A after that performance. “They’ve got good stuff and can command it. You’ve got to be able to really pick your zone and not go out of your way to chase pitches. It’s really just accepting that they’re going to hit their corners and just waiting for them to make a mistake. When they do, don’t miss it. That’s a big thing that I’ve been focusing on, just shrinking the zone and only hitting pitches that I know I can drive.”
Since an 0-for-9 start with five strikeouts through his team’s first three games, St. Louis’ No. 2 prospect has gone 13-for-28 (.464) with six homers, all solo blasts.
“It’s been good getting back in the swing of things and competing against good teams and good players,” the 21-year-old said a week ago. “It’s been fun, and us as a team, I think we’ve got a good team out here. It’s been fun learning and developing with these guys.”
Through 10 games this season, Gorman is now batting .351/.415/.838.