The surprising Arizona Diamondbacks currently sit at (71-68) and just 1.5 games out of the final wildcard spot in the National League. The influx of young talent the D-Backs have had this season is definitely a huge reason for their rise in a season most considered would be a rebuilding one.
Led by the quartet of Christian Walker, Ketel Marte, Corbin Carroll and Lourdes Gurriel Jr, who’ve combined for 97 home runs and 299 RBI, the Diamondbacks find themselves with a real shot at playing baseball in October.
While the team is playing well and in the thick of postseason baseball, the club’s No.1 prospect and MLBs No.10 overall prospect according to MLB, Jordan Lawlar got the call to the big club on Wednesday.
He’s been knocking the tape off the ball since his call up to Triple-A Reno in mid-August.
On Tuesday, Lawlar, MLBs third-ranked shortstop, had his first multi-HR game.
For his first dinger, Lawlar hit a moonshot that traveled 395 feet to left field on a hit that reached 102.3 MPH off his bat. His second deep shot came off a sinker that Lawlar deftly planted into centerfield for a solo HR.
Following his great performance at the plate, an elated Lawlar told reporters this.
“It’s pretty cool to go up there and know you’re swinging a good bat.”
𝑱𝑶𝑹𝑫𝑨𝑵 𝑳𝑨𝑾𝑳𝑨𝑹 𝑾𝑶𝑵'𝑻 𝑩𝑬 𝑺𝑻𝑶𝑷𝑷𝑬𝑫 😤
Lawlar launches his 2️⃣nd home run of the game (it's the 3️⃣rd inning). pic.twitter.com/Vs7VwsGfwz
— Reno Aces (@Aces) September 6, 2023
Lawlar Has Always Flashed Power At The Plate
Known for his all-around skill set on the diamond, Lawlar has also shown the knack for hitting the long ball as well.
After hitting 16 Bro bombs across 100 games during his four minor league stops in 2022, the 2021 No.6 overall selection out of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, has hit 20 homers in 2023. That includes five in just 16 games at the Triple-A level.
“It’s been a step up, for sure,” Lawlar said. But it’s been solid. It’s been fun to go out there and face a better caliber of pitching — more in command for sure — and there’s definitely some guys up here with some better stuff up here. It’s just fun to come to the field every night and know I have to compete and put my best foot forward to succeed.”
Lawlar’s slash line with Double-A Amarillo was .263/.366/.474 in 89 games, and during his call up to the Pacific League, he didn’t missed a beat, despite facing much tougher pitching nightly.
He was hitting .358 with a 1.050 OPS since arriving in Reno, while showing his versatility at different positions.
Lawlar Gets The Call Up
With the Diamondbacks comfortable with the sweet-fielding Geraldo Perdomo playing well at shortstop, the club has begun to use Lawlar at third base in an attempt to have him play a little of both at the major league level.
So expect to see him moving around the diamond with the big club.
With veteran Evan Longoria holding down “the hot corner,” now, and a free agent after this season, Lawlar is auditioning for a full-time role in 2024.
It’s something that Lawlar is definitely adjusting to, but also something he’s willing to do for the advancement of the team as they push towards the the playoffs in the “Valley of the Sun.”