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Minor-league report: Gorman, Gomez both homer again; Love, Baker deliver quality starts

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Cardinal minor-league spring training begins in Jupiter

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

The return from Monday's off-day for Cardinals minor-league baseball included some multi-hit performances, quality starts, and the race for the MiLB home run between a pair of Cardinals prospects.

These are some of the notable performances by Cardinals minor-leaguers:

Hits

Second baseman Nolan Gorman, Class AAA Memphis: For the second consecutive game — and 15th time this year — Gorman homered for Memphis. Gorman’s 15th homer of the year was a solo homer pulled to right field in the fourth inning of the Redbirds’ 8-2 win over the Stripers. The homer momentarily tied him for the MiLB lead with fellow Cardinals minor leaguer Moises Gomez before homered on Tuesday for Class AA Springfield. On the season, Gorman is hitting .295 and is second among qualified International League hitters with his 1.301 OPS.

Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AA Springfield: Not long after Gorman tied him for the MiLB home run lead, Gomez connected on a solo homer of his own on the first pitch he saw during the fifth inning of Springfield’s 11-9 loss to Wichita. The homer was Gomez’s 16th of the season and his fifth in the last month. The 23-year-old still leads the Texas League in OPS (1.229) and slugging percentage (.826).

Catcher Ivan Herrera, Class AAA Memphis: Herrera continued his impressive May with a 2-for-3 night that included two doubles and two RBIs. Through eight games in May, Herrera is batting .400 (10-for-25) and has driven in six runs ad walked six times. He’s hit safely in all but one of his last seven games while improving his season batting average to .310 in that span.

Outfielder Alec Burleson, Class AAA Memphis: With a 2-for-3 performance at the plate that included an RBI-double, Burleson drove in his 22nd RBI of the season and eighth in his last eight games with the Redbirds. Burleson trails Gorman by one RBI for the team lead, and is tied with Kramer Robertson and Luken Baker for the team lead in doubles with five.

Catcher Pedro Pages, Class Springfield: Pages tied season-highs in hits and RBIs when he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in Springfield’s loss. Pages, who raised his season average to .308 after Tuesday’s performance, delivered his most impactful swing in the sixth inning. On the first pitch he saw in the sixth, Pages hit a bases-clearing double with one out. The multi-hit performance was his fourth in May, and his multi-RBI game was his sixth in 24 games this season.

Right-handed pitcher Trent Baker, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Baker tied a season-high with seven scoreless innings in his start for Palm Beach. Baker, who sports a 2.20 ERA in 16 1/3 innings in May, allowed four hits, two walks, and struck out six in Palm Beach’s 4-0 win against Bradenton. Baker retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, and collected five strikeouts in the first three inning of the win.

The former 2021 ninth-round pick possesses a 2.72 ERA in 36 1/3 innings this season. He is second in innings pitched behind teammate Inohan Paniagua for the Florida State League.

Right-handed pitcher Austin Love, Class High-A Peoria: Love, the Cardinals’ third-round pick in the 2021 draft, completed his longest outing of the year and earned his first winning decision of his professional career on Tuesday. The righty threw six innings and allowed two runs in Peoria’s 5-2 win over Beloit. Love allowed a run in the first inning and another in the sixth. The 23-year-old has a 7.52 ERA in 32 1/3 innings in 2022.

Misses

Right-handed pitcher Michael Brettell, Class AA Springfield: In relief of Domingo Robles after he pitched 4 1/3 innings, Brettell gave up four runs on five hits and walked two batters 1 2/3 innings. The righty inherited a bases-loaded situation with one out in the fifth inning where he gave up a grand slam to first batter he faced in the inning. 

When he returned to the mound to pitch the seventh inning, Brettell gave up a run on two singles and a double to the first three hitters he faced, leading to his removal from the game after 49 pitches.

Minor notes

  • Palm Beach outfielder Joshua Baez was placed on the 7-day IL with a left wrist sprain on Wednesday, the team announced. Baez, the Cardinals' second-round pick in 2021, made his season and High-A debut on Tuesday. The 18-year-old started in center field and struck out in his only at-bat before he was removed at the start of the third inning.

Daniel Guerrero

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dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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