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Minor-league report: Gomez furthers MiLB home run lead; Three Cardinals prospects earn player of the month honors

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Cardinal minor-league outfielder Moises Gomez practices bunting technique. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

With all four Cardinals minor-league affiliates in action on Wednesday, some Cardinals prospects including catcher Ivan Herrera and outfielder Moises Gomez continued their hot starts to the 2022 season.

These are some of Wednesday’s notable performances and notes around the Cardinals minor-leaguer system:

Hits

Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AA Springfield: For the third time in his last four games and 13th time this season, Gomez homered for the S-Cards. The 23-year-old belted a line drive shot to left-center field for a two-run homer in eighth inning of Springfield’s 13-3 loss to Northwest Arkansas. Gomez’s 13 homers leads all of minor-league baseball.

Catcher Ivan Herrera, Class AAA Memphis: Herrera had his third multi-hit games in his last four games played. He singled twice in the Redbirds’ 7-3 win over the Jumbo Shrimp to boost his average to a .280 mark through his first 13 games of 2022. Herrera is batting .333 over his last 39 at-bats and has a seven-game hitting streak. The 21-year-old has hit safely in all but three games he has appeared in this season.

Infielder Kramer Robertson, Class AAA Memphis: Having gone two for his last 22, Robertson had a much need multi-hit performance at the plate on Wednesday. Robertson singled and connected on an RBI double against Jacksonville. Robertson is batting .197 with just six RBIs in 66 at-bats to begin the season. The 27-year-old slashed .253/.366/.414 in 118 games a season ago. The former fourth-round pick has batted .247 across his five seasons in the minor-leagues.

Misses

Right-handed pitcher Angel Rondon, Class AAA Memphis: In what was his first start of the season, Rondon gave up two runs on one hit that included a home run, and walked five batters in three innings of work against Jacksonville. The righty walked the first batter of the game he faced and gave up a two-run homer with two outs in the first inning. He worked around three walks in the third inning by striking out the side. He also collected a season-high five strikeouts in the start.

Gorman, McGreevy, Gomez recognized

  • On Wednesday, Triple-A Memphis second baseman Nolan Gorman was named International League Player of the Month. Gorman batted .338, hit 11 homers, drove in 16 runs, and had a 1.201 OPS in 19 games in April. The 21-year-old led all qualified International League hitters in homers, slugging percentage (.811) and OPS through the first month of the regular season.
  • High-A Peoria right-handed pitcher Michael McGreevy was named Midwest Pitcher of the Month for the month of April after going 1-0 with a 0.76 ERA in four starts. The former first-round pick led all qualified Midwest League pitchers in ERA, innings (23 2/3), and was second behind teammate Gordon Graceffo in WHIP (0.59).
  • Gomez was named the Texas League player of the month after he homered 11 times, drove in 25 runs, and posted a .429 average to go along with a 1.519 OPS in 63 at-bats during April. The player of the month honors were Gomez’s third recognition this season as he has was named Texas League Player of the Week twice prior to taking home player of the month honors on Wednesday.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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