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Minor-league report: Outfielder Moises Gomez hits his 34th homer of MiLB season

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SpringfieldÕs MoisŽs G—mez 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 nearly month long stretch without a home run for 24-year-old outfield prospect Moises Gomez came to an end when he stepped to the plate in the seventh inning of Class AAA Memphis’ 8-5 road loss to Iowa.

Gomez, who last homered on Aug. 20, sent the first pitch he saw from Iowa righty Cayne Uckert to center field marking Gomez’s 34th home run of the season.

Along with Gomez’s 34th homer, these are some of the notable performances by Cardinals minor-leaguers:

Hits

Outfielder Moises Gomez, Class AAA Memphis: After seeing limited playing time in games since Aug. 20, Gomez was batting .227 and had connected on only two extra base-hits in his last 11 games. His home run on Thursday night moved him two behind Rockies prospect Hunter Goodman for the most in all of MiLB. Since moving up from Springfield to Memphis, Gomez has slashed .266/.327/.500 and connected on 11 home runs while driving in 30 runs.

Right-handed pitcher Gordon Graceffo, Class AA Springfield: In what was his last start of the season for Springfield, Graceffo turned in possibly his most effective start as an S-Card. During Springfield’s 8-0 win over Tulsa, Graceffo struck out nine to match a career-high in strikeouts and carried a perfect through 5 2/3 innings. The perfect game bid was broken up after Tulsa catcher Kekai Rios singled on a line drive that hit off the glove of a diving Jacob Buchberger at third base.

The nine strikeout game was the third such performance for Graceffo this year. The last time he did so came on April 21 and April 27 while he was assigned to Class High-A Peoria. Graceffo will end the 2022 Texas League season with a 3.94 ERA over 93 2/3 innings. As a whole this year, Graceffo totaled 139 1/3 innings, struck out 139, and held a 2.97 ERA.

Third baseman/Outfielder Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: Walker had a multi-hit game for the third consecutive night as he went two-for-five with two singles, two RBIs, and a stolen base. The multi-hit night was the 20-year-old’s 41st such performance this year and improved his average to .308, while his stolen base gave him his 22nd in 27 attempts this year. In his last 46 at-bats, Walker is 15-for-46 (.326).

First baseman/Outfielder Juan Yepez, Class AAA Memphis: The 24-year-old went one-for-four with a two-run homer and a walk during Memphis loss to Iowa. Including Thursday, Yepez is four-for-12 in his last three games. Yepez had entered the road series against the I-Cubs with two hits in previous 20 at-bats. Yepez’s homer gives him seven since he returned to game action following a forearm injury. He has slugged .516 and posted an .868 OPS in 27 games since he made that return on Aug. 9.

Right-handed pitcher Tink Hence, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Hence rose to the occasion after being given the starting nod in an elimination game of the Florida State League playoffs against St. Lucie. The 20-year-old pitched four scoreless innings and allowed two hits while striking out three hitters in Palm Beach’s season-ending 3-2 loss. Hence retired the first nine hitters he faced down in order and flashed a sinker that reached 97 mph.

The four innings matched a season high and his third scoreless start of four innings. Hence finished the regular season with a 1.38 ERA and 81 strikeouts over 52 1/3 innings that all came with Palm Beach.

Misses

Right-handed pitcher Roy Garcia, Class Low-A Palm Beach: In relief of Hence, Garcia set down the side in order in the fifth inning, but ran into trouble when he returned to the mound in the sixth. Garcia walked two batters, gave up two hits and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch before he could record an out. Palm Beach’s offense was unable to respond to the three runs allowed by Garcia, leading to a series sweep at the hands of the St. Lucie Mets.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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