With limited playing time in the Class AAA season’s final month, Cardinals catching prospect Ivan Herrera has still shown some consistency at the plate in the few opportunities that remain as fall begins.
On Wednesday, Herrera continued that success at the plate with a two-for-two game that included a pair of walks and a run scored in the Redbirds’ 6-5 win over Gwinnett. Herrera’s multi-hit game boosted his season average to .277 and on-base percentage to .378 in 220 minor-league at-bats.
Along with Herrera’s two-hit, two-walk game, these are some of the notable performances from around the Cardinals' minor leagues:
Catcher Ivan Herrera, Class AAA Memphis: In line with how he has hit for most of 2022 while in the minors, Herrera is nine-for-33 (.273) since the start of September. The 22-year-old catching prospect has had limited playing time due to splitting opportunities behind the dish with fellow Memphis catchers Pedro Pages and Austin Allen.
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Left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera, Class AAA Memphis: Cabrera delivered his third consecutive scoreless outing and notched the save in the Redbirds’ win over the Stripers by tossing a scoreless ninth inning. Cabrera set down the side in order on 10 pitches (six strikes). He struck out Jack Marisnick swinging after a seven-pitch at-bat, then induced a ground out on two pitches followed by a one-pitch fly out to end the ballgame.
Over his last nine innings of work from the bullpen, Cabrera has allowed three runs and six hits while striking out nine. All three of the runs he allowed came on Sept. 11 when he gave up five hits and walked a batter in 1 2/3 innings.
Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AAA Memphis: Although he did not homer in Memphis' win over Gwinnett, Gomez went one-for-three with a run scored and a walk. Gomez, who also struck out twice, doubled in the third inning. The double was Gomez’s seventh in Class AAA and his 24th overall this year.
With seven games left in Memphis’ schedule, Gomez’s next home run will make him the sole leader of the Cardinals' single-season minor-league record. He finished Wednesday tied with former Cardinals farmhands Tyrone Horne (1982) and Felix DeLeon (1962) with 37 home runs
Right-handed pitcher Ryan Loutos, Class AAA Memphis: The Washington University-St. Louis product struck out two batters and allowed one hit in an inning of relief work vs. Gwinnett. Across 21 games for Memphis, Loutos owns a 6.48 ERA over 25 innings. zLoutos, a 23-year-old Elk Grove Village, Illinois native, also made stops with Class High-A Peoria and Class AA Springfield this year. He owns a 3.94 ERA across the three levels of minor-league baseball in 2022. Loutos is one of eight Cardinals minor-league prospects that will play in this year’s Arizona Fall League.
Center fielder Justin Toerner, Class AAA Memphis: Toerner provided three of the Redbirds’ six runs with one swing of his bat in the sixth inning. Toerner homered on a ball he lifted over the left field wall for a three-run shot that tied the game 5-5. The home run was Toerner’s first for Memphis this year. The 26-year-old has appeared in 18 games for Memphis after beginning the year in Class AAA. He was reassigned to Class AA Springfield on May 24 and hit .236 in 66 games for the S-Cards.
Second baseman Nolan Gorman, Class AAA Memphis: For the second consecutive game, Gorman went hitless and struck out three times for the Redbirds. The three-strikeout game on Wednesday gives Gorman six strikeouts in two games since returning to the minor-leagues on Tuesday. Over his last 15 games — 13 of which were in the big-leagues — Gorman has struck out 23 times in his last 41 at-bats. He was optioned to Memphis on Monday after batting .154 in his last 15 games with the Cardinals.
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Leahy, Class AAA Memphis: Making his Class AAA debut, Leahy allowed three runs — all of which came around on a three-run homer — and four hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief work against Gwinnett. Leahy, 25, finished the Class AA season with a 5.23 ERA over 141 innings that primarily came as a starter. Along with Loutos, Leahy will play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins on Oct. 3.
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