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Diamondbacks Top Prospect Will Join Triple-A Team This Week

Triple-A Reno will reinstate Jordan Lawlar from its 60-day injured list ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports. Lawlar has been out all season following a torn ligament in his right thumb that required surgery.  The shortstop looks good to go again after he wrapped up a seven-game rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League. Lawlar got his first taste of the majors in 2023 but struggled. In a small size, he hit just .129/.206/.129, but he’s still viewed as the club’s long-term answer at shortstop.

Jordan Lawlar is Back in Action on Tuesday

The sixth overall pick of the 2021 MLB Draft, Lawlar has quickly gone through the minor leagues. Between Double-A and Triple-A, Lawlar had 20 home runs and drew walks in 11.4 percent of his plate. appearances. His .278/.378/.496 combined batting line amounted to a 126 wRC+. He also stole 36 bases in 41 tries.

The No. 4 prospect in baseball according to The Athletic’s Keith Law, struggled this spring at the plate. It was an easy enough decision for Arizona to option him to Triple-A. That left incumbent starter Gerardo Perdomo at shortstop. However, Perdomo is on the 10-day injured list with a knee injury and should return before Lawlar gets a look with Arizona.

Lawlar’s Scouting Report

Lawlar shows great instincts on both sides of the ball. He’s improved his footwork and his throwing to the point where he might be a 55 defender. On offense, he’s capable of showing plus bat speed and should get to the 15-20 home run mark at his peak. He’s very short to the ball but still makes solid contact because of his bat speed and wrist strength, with a swing path that will produce more line drives than big flies. He’s an easy plus runner who’s a true base-stealing threat, with an 87 percent success rate in the minors.

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