Jordan Lawlar: Arizona Diamondbacks' Rising Star



by FAIZAN CHAUDHARY

Jordan Lawlar: Arizona Diamondbacks' Rising Star
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have ushered in a new era by promoting their shining young talent, 21-year-old Jordan Lawlar, to the major leagues. With his debut on September 7th, the shortstop's ascent into MLB stardom appears inevitable.

Having just celebrated his 21st birthday in July, Lawlar finds himself under the leadership of Manager Torey Lovullo. With the veteran Nick Ahmed, 33, designated for assignment, Lovullo's game plan is crystal clear: make Lawlar the cornerstone at shortstop.

As per MLB.com, Lovullo said, “He’ll be the starting shortstop, and I'll look for the right matchups and situations to inject him into the lineup”.

Lawlar's Debut Shifts Lineup

During his maiden MLB game, Lawlar, batting 8th, boasted a 1-for-4 performance, accentuated by an infield single.

This creates a delightful dilemma for Lovullo, who must now incorporate infielder Geraldo Perdomo into his lineup plans. Notably, Perdomo handled third base duties during Lawlar’s debut, although he was the Diamondbacks' primary shortstop this season.

As Arizona faces the Chicago Cubs in a pivotal four-game series this weekend, both teams jostle for a Wild Card position in the fiercely competitive National League. With Arizona already securing a 6-2 win in the series opener, the stakes are high.

Jordan Lawlar's journey to the major leagues began at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. As the sixth overall player selected in the 2021 draft, he declined an offer from Vanderbilt University to ink a deal with the Diamondbacks, accompanied by a whopping $6,713,300 signing bonus.

His high school accolades speak volumes: a .412 batting average, six home runs, 37 RBIs in his senior year, and being crowned the Texas Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in 2021. Having observed Lawlar during the 2022 Arizona Fall League and Diamondbacks spring training, a certain scout was particularly impressed with his plate patience.

The right-handed Lawlar possesses a natural swing, demonstrating impeccable pitch recognition for his age. He optimally utilizes the entire field, making the most of his above-average speed and exceptional base-running instincts.

Defensively, his quick reflexes combined with commendable arm strength place him ideally as a shortstop. The scout also foresees potential success for Lawlar at third base. This year, Lawlar showcased his prowess at Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno.

His season statistics—a .278 average, 23 doubles, 20 home runs, and 67 RBIs—reflect his versatility. Upon evaluating Lawlar's overall game, the scout assigned him a grade of 60, indicating a potential multi-time All-Star in the making.

As Lawlar begins to unravel his immense potential, the future looks luminous, not only for him but also for the evolving Diamondbacks team.

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