Diamondbacks No.1 Prospect Jordan Lawlar To Begin Season In Triple-A Following Recovery From Thumb Injury

Diamondbacks No.1 Prospect Jordan Lawlar To Begin Season In Triple-A Following Recovery From Thumb Injury

 

The reigning NL champion Arizona Diamondbacks are hoping that top prospect Jordan Lawlar makes a full recovery from the offseason thumb surgery which he had in late March.

 

Lawlar, who also happens to be the No.11 ranked prospect in the sport according to MLB Pipeline, is hoping for a summer or early fall call up to the Diamondbacks.

 

 

Following recovery from what team officials described as a ruptured UCL in his left thumb, the dynamic shortstop will join the Triple-A Reno Aces. Team farm director Shaun Larkin spoke to reporters about a possible timetable to get the rising star back on the diamond.

“We expect full return to baseball activity in eight to ten weeks.”

That’s a welcome sign for team brass who are hoping to have Lawlar join the majors at some point this season. But the oft-injured Lawlar must show he can stay healthy for that to happen.

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Team Wont Rush Lawlar To Get Back

As a precautionary measure Larkin also told reporters this about Lawlar’s recovery going forward ….

“We’re expecting a full recovery,” Larkin said. “He’ll be ready to go when the time is right and we expect good things from him once he’s back.”

The injury occurred in a late March spring game where Lawlar went to make a play on what looked like a routine grounder.

“It was more of a recovery play,” Larkin said. “He went to pick up the off the ground and his thumb jammed into the ground, bent it back, and that was it.”

It was inauspicious start to Lawlar’s expected big 2024 season where he was set to spend a little time down in Triple-A and then get a quick call up.

 

 

What Does Lawlar Bring To Diamondbacks?

 

Between stints in Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno, Lawlar showcased the all-around skill set that made him the No.6 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.

In 417 at-bats he batted a respectable .278 with 20 homers, 67 RBI and 36 stolen bases. His .893 OPS was one of the best in all of the minor leagues. That didn’t translate right away when he was called up to the majors last season with the NL champion Diamondbacks as like most young players he struggled. In 31 at-bats Lawlar batted .129 with no homers, one RBI and a paltry .335 OPS.

 

He saw some brief action late last season as well and this spring looked MLB ready. 

 

But don’t fret, the belief in and around the Diamondbacks facility is Lawlar, will be one of the best hitters on the roster once he gets healthy and gets into the groove of being an everyday Big Leaguer. 

 

With a loaded roster of steadily rising young talent Lawlar stands out because of his unique skill set; great bat and great glove at shortstop.

Arizona Diamondbacks No.1 Prospect “King” Jordan Lawlar Gets Call To The Show

Arizona Diamondbacks No.1 Prospect “King” Jordan Lawlar Gets Call To The Show

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.”

 

 

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.”

‘An Easy Pupil With Good Study Skills’ | Arizona D-Backs Prospect Jordan Lawlar Reminds Brass Of Derek Jeter

‘An Easy Pupil With Good Study Skills’ | Arizona D-Backs Prospect Jordan Lawlar Reminds Brass Of Derek Jeter

The Arizona Diamondbacks are currently in the rebuilding phase, as they look to continue to add quality pieces to their roster, while developing the ones they already have. One of those pieces is shortstop Jordan Lawlar who was taken sixth overall in the 2021 MLB Draft. The rangy-but-compact prospect stands six-foot-two with a short, compact, powerful swing.

 

“I’m Ready To Go Out Here And Show…” | Arizona Diamondbacks Prospect Jordan Lawlar Is A Bro Ballin’

 

His approach at the plate is reminiscent of baseball Hall of Famer and former New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter. Lawlar’s athleticism stands out, but it’s his aptitude and approach that had Diamondbacks farm system director Josh Barfield already calling the young Lawlar the best base stealer in the D-Backs organization.

 

Lawlar is on the fast track and he’s only 20 years old. He’s considered one of the most talented prospects in all of baseball. He ranks as Arizona’s No.2 prospect, and MLB Pipeline’s No.11 ranked prospect.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks Have Talented Young Nucleus Brewing 

‘King’ Jordan Lawlar, Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas and Druw Jones give the D-Backs a very talented nucleus of players for their future.

 

 

Lawlar Could Get Call Up This Season

Lawlar was the 2021 Gatorade Texas High School Player of the Year, and he’s already made it to the Double-A ranks in two short seasons. Armed with a compact right-handed swing, and the innate ability to recognize pitches, Lawlar is able to produce a solid average and high walk rates. Same as Jeter did when he first arrived back in 1996, winning Rookie of the Year honors.

 

Some of Lawlar’s other strengths give off strong “Jeter” vibes; his batting eye, mannerism, approach and potential to be great, and the relentless work he’s put into reaching baseball God-like status before ever stepping on an MLB field. His fielding is super solid at shortstop, and he understands angles and ball pursuit. Lawlar has struggled with his footwork at times, committing 29 errors in 87 games last season, which amounts to one every three games, but his bat more than makes up for that.

Diamondbacks quality control coordinator recently told “The Athletic,” this about his star pupil.

 

“He’s so advanced offensively. It’s crazy.”

 

 

 

 Lawlar Working To Get Defense Up To Pat

In an effort to fix the error issue, Lawlar was in Arizona in mid-January working with infield coach Tony Perezchica and former Gold Glove shortstop Nick Ahmed. It was all about the fundamentals with them, and Lawlar definitely bought in. Perezchica says it’s about doing the basic stuff first and the rest will take care of itself.

 

“It’s just the basics for him,” Perezchica says. “But for a player with Lawlar’s physical gifts, “the basics are going to be huge.”

 

As for Lawlar, he wants to be the best and he’s going to continue to strive just for that.

 

“I want to be the best player,” Lawlar said. “And you can’t be the best player if you’re making errors and you’re not playing elite defense.”

 

Once Lawlar gets better on defense, the call-up will happen in a matter of time, and it’s highly plausible it happens in 2023.

“I’m Ready To Go Out Here And Show…” | Arizona Diamondbacks Prospect Jordan Lawlar Is A Bro Ballin’

“I’m Ready To Go Out Here And Show…” | Arizona Diamondbacks Prospect Jordan Lawlar Is A Bro Ballin’

When the Arizona Diamondbacks made Jordan Lawlar the No.6 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, they did so with the belief he’d be their shortstop of the future.

In his rookie season, the dynamic Lawlar has shown exactly why he was highly sought after coming out of Dallas Jesuit High School. In eight games this season with the Visalia Rawhide, an affiliate of the D-Backs since 2007, Lawlar has shined.

 The 6-foot-2 and 190 pounder is batting an insane .405 with 13 hits, three home runs, seven RBI and six stolen bases. He gets on base at a .511 clip and slugs .703.

 It’s still early in his development as the Rawhide is the first stop for Arizona Diamondbacks prospects once drafted.

But it’s also an early indication of the type of talent Lawlar possesses and gives the D-Back an extremely bright outlook of his future. He seems to be the goods.

 

 

Here’s what Lawler had to say prior to beginning the season earlier this month…

 “I got drafted last summer so I’m finally excited to put the jersey on and start putting up some numbers in front of these fans. Coming out of Dallas, Texas I played some pretty good high school baseball down there.

 Texas is definitely one of the top states for that, I’m proud to say it. And, yeah, just growing up around those coaches, those players, I was definitely in that winning environment and playing baseball every day, every summer, everything. I’m ready to get out there and show what that has done for my life, and my career.”

Lawlar Looks To Follow Nick Ahmed: He’s The Future

 The Diamondbacks joined MLB as an expansion franchise in 1998 and haven’t had a ton of success outside of their magical 2001 World Series win over the New York Yankees.

That team was led by K-Kings Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, along with sluggers Matt Williams and Luis Gonzalez. While they’ve had some really good players in their organization at many different positions including shortstop (Tony Womack, Craig Counsell, and Stephen Drew) Nick Ahmed is the probably the franchise’s greatest shortstop, but he’s 32.

Meaning, Lawlar was drafted to eventually replace him. Sort of like Barry Larkin, being drafted to replaced Dave Concepcion in Cincinnati. No we’re not saying either Ahmed or Lawlar are on that level, but the example fits what the D-Backs have in mind.

 Lawlar Turned Down Vanderbilt: D-Backs Showed Him The Money

Upon finishing high school Lawlar was slated to attend baseball powerhouse Vanderbilt, a team that has played in the last two College World Series, led by the arms of Jack Leiter (No.2 overall pick by the Rangers) and Kumar Rocker (No.10 overall pick by the Mets).

They were two of seven players from that team drafted. So Lawlar, really had the best of both worlds at his disposal, but at the end of the day money talks.

 His $6.7M bonus was the third-highest given to any position player in the 2021 draft. Plus the opportunity to go against other future big leaguers daily had to weigh in the decision to sign with the D-Backs right away and not go to school. 

 Lawlar has all the tools, and says he models his game after Yankees Hall of Famer Derek Jeter.

The wiry, strong, high-impact player also mentioned Twins shortstop Carlos Correa and defensive wiz in the hole Andrelton Simmons of the Cubs. For flare, style and pop he said he loves Fernando Tatis Jr., the do-it-all star of the San Diego Padres.

Keep an eye out for Lawler, he’s an MLBbro that is quickly rising through the minors and on a collision course with The Show.