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Minor-league report: Walker, Winn, Gomez power Springfield offense; Burleson belts 11th homer of season

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St. Louis Cardinals start day 4 of team workouts in Jupiter

St. Louis Cardinals non-roster infielder Jordan Walker takes batting practice on the fourth day of team workouts on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the Cardinals spring training facility in Jupiter, Fla. Photo by Laurie Skrivan, lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

Multi-hit games for a trio of Class AA Springfield prospects and a productive debut at Class Low-A Palm Beach highlighted some of the Cardinals minor-league action from Saturday and Sunday.

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

Hits

Third baseman Jordan Walker, Class AA Springfield: To cap off the week versus the Drillers, Walker went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and three walks in Springfield’s 11-4 win on Sunday. Walker opened up the scoring in the series finale with an RBI single in the first inning, then connected on an RBI double with two outs in the eighth. The three walks tied for a season-high, and Walker’s multi-hit game was his 14th such performance this season. Over his last 85 at-bats, Walker has a .410 on-base percentage and is slugging .553.

Outfielder Alec Burleson, Class AAA Memphis: With his 4-for-5, two-RBI game in the Redbirds’ 10-5 win over the I-Cubs on Saturday, Burleson set a season-high hits. He followed that by hitting his 11th homer of the season in Sunday’s 4-2 Memphis win to bookend another strong series at the plate by the 23-year-old. Burleson’s four-hit game was the second of his minor-league career, with the other being a similar 4-for-5 performance on July 17, 2021.

The former second-round pick raised his season average to .331 during the six-game series versus the I-Cubs despite going hitless in nine at-bats to begin the week. Over his last four games, Burleson went 10-for-17 with two home runs, a double, and eight RBIs. He is batting .360 and has a 1.011 OPS in 93 at-bats in May.

Shortstop Masyn Winn, Class AA Springfield: After going hitless for a season-high three consecutive games, Winn went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a walk and stole his first base in Double-A on Sunday. Winn, who left High-A Peoria with a .349 average, .970 OPS and was 15-for-15 on stolen base attempts in 33 games, is 6-for-21 (.286) through his first six games with Springfield after getting called up on Tuesday.

Outfield Moises Gomez, Class AA Springfield: Like Winn, Gomez entered Sunday hitless in his last three games — also a season worst for the 23-year-old. But Gomez helped lead the S-Cards’ offense by going 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the road win. Gomez singled in a run apiece in the first and second inning to give him a total of 39 RBIs on the season, which is third best in the Texas League. Despite batting .238 in 22 games in May, Gomez still leads the Texas League in OPS (1.113) and homers (17).

First baseman Luken Baker, Class AAA Memphis Baker drove in a season-high four RBIs on Saturday when he went 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and a bases-clearing double in Memphis’ 10-5 win over South Bend. The 25-year-old came into the home series versus the I-Cubs batting .071 with two RBIs in his last seven games, but drove in seven runs, homered, and doubled in the series.

Outfielder Ben DeLuzio, Class AAA Memphis: During a week in which DeLuzio hit not one, but two grand slams, the 27-year-old tied a season-high in hits when he went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI on Saturday for Memphis. He bookended the series by doubling and walking twice on Sunday. DeLuzio, who came into the six-game series versus Iowa with a total of 14 RBIs on the season, drove in 11 and batted .409 in 22 at-bats versus the I-Cubs.

Catcher Jake Burns, Class Low-A Palm Beach: In his first three games since making his season debut on May 25, Burns is 3-for-5 with three doubles, two walks, and an RBI. Burns, 19, batted .222/.336/.304 in 35 rookie ball games a year ago. The Australian born catcher signed with the Cardinals organization in July 2019. Before making his MiLB debut in 2021, Burns played in eight games in the Australian Baseball League.

First baseman Brady Whalen, Low-A Palm Beach: Across three games over the weekend, Whalen combined to go 4-for-10 with a home run and four RBIs. The homer, which Whalen hit during the PB-Cards’ 7-5 loss to the Tortugas on Sunday, was Whalen’s third of the season. Since getting activated from the injured list on May 2, Whalen is hitting .273 with an .809 OPS across 23 games.

Misses

Right-handed pitcher Bryan Pope, Class Low-A Palm Beach: Pope lasted just two innings and gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits and a walk in his start during Palm Beach’s 6-5 win on Saturday. Prior to making the start, which was the first of the season for Pope, he posted a 0.79 ERA and didn’t walk a batter in 11 1/3 innings as a reliever. The start was also the first of Pope’s minor-league career. He made seven relief appearances a year ago and finished the 2021 season with a 1.04 ERA in just 8 2/3 innings.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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