2023 Player Outlook
Gorman was a highly touted prospect, and for good reason. He has immense raw power and should be a mainstay in the middle of the St. Louis lineup for years to come. He carries the prototypical power of a corner infielder, and in 89 games last year, he posted a .420 SLG, 107 wRC+, and a .226 average with 14 home runs and 13 doubles. He’s got swing-and-miss in his game, but as he develops and matures more, I expect him to be vastly better than last year’s 68.5 percent contact rate and 16 percent swinging strike rate. What we love about Gorman is that his xBA and xSLG last year were .239 and .476 respectively, and he posted a 14.4 percent barrel rate and 43.3 percent hard-hit rate. The Cardinals could protect him against lefties, as he hit just .211 with a 34.8 percent strikeout rate against them in 2022, but even facing solely righties, he’ll operate on the larger side of a platoon, and fantasy managers should be ready for Gorman to hit .240+ with a home run total that easily exceeds 20 if they play him every day, or close to it. He's an intriguing late round dart throw, but finding regular at-bats in this loaded St. Louis lineup could get tricky.