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Minor-league report: Cardinals prospect Connor Thomas struggles in last start of season

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St. Louis Cardinals start day 2 team workouts in Jupiter

Cardinals non-roster pitcher Connor Thomas fists bumps catcher Clint Coulter after throwing live batting practice on the second day of team workouts on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at the Cardinals spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla.

Making one last home start and simultaneously his last start for Class AAA Memphis in 2022, left-hander Connor Thomas had trouble keeping Gwinnett hitters of the bath paths during the Redbirds’ 6-5 loss on Sunday.

Thomas surrendered 10 hits and allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings vs. the Stripers before he was pulled after throwing 100 pitches (66 strikes) in the Redbirds final home game of the year.

Along with Thomas’ start, these are some of the notable performances from around the Cardinals' minor-leagues:

Hits

Second baseman Nolan Gorman, Class AAA Memphis: Before going hitless and striking out three times on Sunday, Gorman flashed some power on Saturday. Gorman homered in his first at-bat of Saturday’s 7-4 Redbirds win giving him his first at any level of pro baseball since Sept. 6 with the Cardinals.

Gorman’s homer on Sunday was hit to straightaway center field and traveled a projected 435 feet. It was one of two extra-base hits Gorman connected on in six games against Gwinnett.

Left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera, Class AAA Memphis: Cabrera displayed some of the same quality of stuff he had in the majors when he took the mound for Memphis on Saturday. Cabrera dialed up a 98 mph fastball when he pitched a scoreless ninth inning and collected a save in the process.

The save was Cabrera’s second since he was optioned to Memphis on Aug. 27. During that time, Cabrera has allowed six runs in 12 total innings. But in his last 5 1/3 innings, he has issued no runs, no walks, and permitted one hit. 

Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AAA Memphis: Having already made Cardinals minor-league history this week by becoming the organization’s single-season record holder in home runs, Gomez carried some of that production into Memphis’ final two home games of 2022. Gomez went one-for-four with two RBIs on Saturday and then went one-for-three with a double and a walk on Sunday. With three games left for Memphis' season, Gomez is batting .268 with 15 homers and 38 RBIs.

Misses

Left-handed pitcher Connor Thomas, Class AAA Memphis: Pitching at AutoZone Park had been a struggle for Thomas for most of 2022 and proved to be the same on Sunday. The 10 hits allowed were tied for the second-most he’s allowed this year. Thomas will end the season having allowed a .324 average to hitters in 16 games inside AutoZone Park.

Barring an unforeseen appearance on the mound over the next three days, the 24-year-old will finish his season with a 5.47 ERA over a career-high 135 innings. September resulted in one of Thomas’ most difficult months as he allowed 23 runs (20 earned) and gave up 42 hits in 23 innings to end the season.

Thomas' next time stepping into game action in 2022 is expected to be in this year's Arizona Fall League.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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