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Minor-league report: Cardinals rookie Nolan Gorman goes hitless in return to minors

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St. Louis Cardinal infielder Nolan Gorman strikes out on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, in the sixth inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden,

Making his return to the minors for the first time since May 18, Cardinals rookie second baseman Nolan Gorman went hitless in five at-bats and struck out three times during Class AAA Memphis’ 6-3 Tuesday loss to Gwinnett. 

Gorman, 22, was optioned to Memphis from the big-league club on Monday. That's where he will spend the rest of the minor-league season with as he looks to cut down on strikeouts and find more consistency with his bat over the next eight games that remain for the Redbirds.

Along with Gorman’s first game back in the minors, these are some of the notable performances from Cardinals minor-leaguers:


Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AAA Memphis: To add to his breakout season, Gomez’s latest swing not only put him back atop all other minor-leaguer in homers but also tied Cardinals minor-league history in the process. During the second inning of Memphis’ loss to Gwinnett, Gomez connected on a solo homer marking his 37th overall this year and 14th since he was promoted to Class AAA.

The solo shot put Gomez tied him with former Cardinals farmhands Tyrone Horne (1998) and Felix DeLeon (1962) for the single-season Cardinals minor-league record. Gomez has eight games to become the single-season leader. 

Right-handed pitcher Ljay Newsome, Class AAA Memphis: On his road back from Tommy John surgery, Newsome made his third appearance for Memphis and threw two scoreless innings. Newsome, who was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals from the Mariners last October, allowed one hit and struck out on in his relief outing.

The scoreless outing upped Newsome’s innings total to 11 frames since Aug. 11. Newsome first made his return to the mound on July 5 during the Florida Complex League, but didn’t pitch again for over a month. Newsome has posted a 3.97 ERA in his return to game action.

Outfielder Matt Koperniak, Team Great Britain: Although he went hitless in six at-bats, Koperniak scored Team Great Britain’s game-winning run in its World Baseball Classic qualifying win against Spain. The win secured Great Britain’s spot in the 2023 World Baseball Classic.

Koperniak was the automatic runner to begin the 10th inning of Great Britain’s 10-inning, 10-9 win over Spain in Regensburg, Germany. The 24-year-old was moved over to third on a fielder’s choice to begin the inning and scored an at-bat later via a sacrifice fly from first baseman Alex Crosby.

After hitting .288 in 106 games for Class AA Springfield, Koperniak went one-for-13 in three qualifier games for Great Britain. Great Britain’s qualification for the 2023 World Baseball Classic is the first in the national team’s history.  


Second baseman Nolan Gorman, Class AAA Memphis: A four-for-35 stretch at the plate that included trouble with high fastballs and led to 17 strikeouts and a .441 OPS over Gorman’s last 14 big-league games resulted in his return to the minor-leagues. Returning to Memphis will ensure Gorman regular playing time at second base with what remains in the affiliate’s season. Gorman connected on 13 home runs and drove in 35 runs as a Cardinal prior to his option.

Catcher Ivan Herrera, Class AAA Memphis: Herrera went zero-for-five and struck out three times in Memphis’ series-opening loss. The three-strikeout game from the 22-year-old was his fourth game this year where he has struck out three or more times. Herrera is batting .271 with a .759 OPS over 218 at-bats in Class AAA. He finished Tuesday slashing .226/.306/.419 in September.

Left-handed pitcher Connor Thomas, Class AAA Memphis: Finding the strike zone consistently proved to be a problem for Thomas during his start against Gwinnett as he surrendered four runs, walked four batters, and threw 53 of his 92 pitches for strikes over three innings. Thomas, who will join seven other Cardinals prospects during the upcoming Arizona Fall League, turned in his shortest outing since June 26 against Indianapolis.

The former fourth-round Cardinals pick in the 2019 MLB draft was charged with his sixth loss in his last seven games. He owns a 5.43 ERA over 126 1/3 innings that have all come with the Redbirds.

Daniel Guerrero

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