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Minor-league report: Cardinals prospect Moises Gomez homers, finishes with MiLB lead

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Springfield’s Moisés Gómez hits a home run during a baseball game on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. Paul Halfacre, St. Louis Post Dispatch

The 2022 minor-league season couldn’t have ended in any other way for Cardinals outfield prospect Moises Gomez.

During Memphis’ 8-4 season finale win against Nashville, Gomez belted his 39th home run of the year solidifying him as minor-league baseball’s home run leader in 2022 and furthering his lead as the Cardinals single-season leader in homers by a minor-leaguer.

Along with Gomez’s final homer to his breakout campaign, these are some of the notable performances by Cardinals minor-leaguers:

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Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AAA Memphis: Gomez ends his season with career-highs in RBIs (94), slugging percentage (.624), and OPS (.995) across 120 games that split time evenly with Memphis and Class AA Springfield, where he began the season. The 23-year-old’s .294 average was his highest since he hit .317 in 47 games as a Rays minor-league in the now-defunct Venezuelan Summer League in 2015l.

Gomez came into the year on a minor-league contract with the Cardinals after he was released by the Rays last November. He had not played above Class AA before this year.

Second baseman Nolan Gorman, Class AAA Memphis: In his final at-bats of the minor-league season, Gorman went two-for-five with an RBI single and struck out once in Memphis’ season finale. His multi-hit game against the Sounds was just his second such performance in nine games with the Redbirds to end the year.

Gorman, who was optioned to the minors on Sept. 19, finished the MiLB season going six-for-38 with a home run, a double, and three RBIs. He struck out 19 times in 38 at-bats. As a minor-leaguer this year, Gorman posted a .275/.330/.585 slash line and hit 16 homers in 43 games.

Catcher Ivan Herrera, Class AAA Memphis: To end what was a relatively quiet September at the plate from Herrera, the 22-year-old clubbed his sixth home run of the season when he stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning of Memphis’ win. With his three-run homer in his last at-bat of the 2022 MiLB season, Herrera finished the Redbirds campaign with 34 RBIs and 38 walks in 65 games.

Although he saw limited playing time in the minors due to splitting time with fellow catchers Pedro Pages and Austin Allen along with spending time in the major leagues, Herrera’s .268 average was a 39-point increase from what he finished 2021 with.

Right-handed pitcher Tommy Parsons, Class AAA Memphis: Starting for Memphis in its series finale, Parson earned his 12th win of the season despite allowing three runs over five innings. The 12-win season tied Parsons, who finished the year with a 4.31 ERA, with Brewers minor-leaguer Caleb Boushley for the lead among all Class AAA pitchers. Parson's 12 wins set a personal best for the 27-year-old after he had an 11-9, 2019 season during which he pitched in four different levels of minor-league baseball in the Cardinals’ system.

Left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland, Class AAA Memphis: Through what has been an up-and-down time in the minors since resigning with the Cardinals organization on Aug. 23, McFarland pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and struck out one batter in his relief outing against Nashville. McFarland came into Memphis’ season finale having given up five earned runs in his last four innings. He ends the year with a 4.35 ERA over his last 10 1/3 innings in the minors.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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