|Evaluator:||Nick J. Faleris|
|Report Date:||April 3rd, 2018|
Despite a slash line of .300/.400/.500 over his 14 plate appearances, Gorman had a slightly disappointing showing at the National High School Invitational, striking out four times (to go with four walks) and missing a number of drivable pitches throughout the four-game stretch. He showed-off impressive power in batting practice and smoked a handful of balls in game action, as well, highlighting his easy plus bat speed and strength.
Defensively, the Arizona commit displayed a plus arm and soft hands belied by his thick frame and at-times clunky lower-half. He is a solid defender within his one-step zone but will have to work to maintain enough mobility and agility to stick at the hot corner long term, as he may have difficulty closing on balls in front of him and to the glove side as the game speeds up at the next level.
Despite swing-and-miss concerns and an uneven performance at USA Baseball’s training complex over the past week, Gorman is still a potential impact bat with some of the best bat speed in the class and a chance to grow into a true middle-of-the-order threat. His hit tool may not be quite as advanced as previously advertised, however, and with questions about his ultimate defensive home he may be lining-up as a better fit in the second half of the first round than in the top 10 overall selections.