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Diamondbacks top prospect and No. 6 overall pick Jordan Lawlar to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

CBS Sports logo CBS Sports 8/27/2021 Dayn Perry
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The No. 6 overall pick of the 2021 MLB draft, Diamondbacks top prospect Jordan Lawlar will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after playing just two professional games. 

D-Backs farm director Josh Barfield told the Arizona Republic that the 19-year-old shortstop will undergo a procedure to repair a posterior labrum tear. Lawlar should be recovered in time for the 2022 season. 

Lawlar played just two games in his first professional season. He went 2 for 5 with a walk in those two games for the Diamondbacks' Arizona Complex League affiliate. 

Lawlar, signed to an above-slot $6.71 million signing bonus, was considered one of the top players available in this year's draft. Here's what our R.J. Anderson wrote about the Dallas Jesuit High School product in ranking him No. 3 in the class

Lawlar draws comparisons to Royals prospect Bobby Witt Jr. because of a few biographical commonalities: both were born in Texas, and both were a little old for a prep prospect entering the draft. (Lawlar is 19.) The two share something else: an All-Star ceiling. Lawlar has a projectable frame and explosive hands that bode well for him developing plus power; on defense, he has a strong arm, above-average speed, and the other requisite traits to remain at the six. He has gone through stretches where he's swung and missed more frequently than scouts would like to see from a top prep player, and it's theoretically possible that his hit tool plays lighter than expected against high-grade pitching. He's been public about his desire to attend Vanderbilt, but that seems to be regarded as a negotiating tactic. Lawlar ought to go within the top three picks.

Lawlar is expected to undergo the procedure in about 10 days.


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