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Outfield prospect Moises Gomez sets Cardinals minor-league record with 38th homer

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Springfield’s Moisés Gómez smiles after a double during a baseball game on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. Paul Halfacre, St. Louis Post Dispatch

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The breakout season for Cardinals outfield prospect Moises Gomez had another chapter added to it on Friday night at AutoZone Park.

Gomez slugged a two-run homer to straightaway center giving him his 38th home run of the season and making the Cardinals’ minor-league single-season leader in franchise history. The 24-year-old came into Class AAA Memphis’ matchup against Gwinnett tied with former Cardinals farmhands Tyrone Horne (1998) and Felix DeLeon (1962) for most by a minor-leaguer in club history.

“It feels good to achieve that. To add my name to an organization as prestigious as this one,” Gomez said in Spanish on Thursday when he was still tied for the record.

And on his record-breaking swing on Friday:

“I was just waiting on a good pitch to make contact on and it just went out,” he said.

The two-run blast also furthered Gomez’s home run lead across all of minor-league baseball. Gomez finished Friday two homers ahead of Rockies prospect Hunter Goodman and three up on Cubs prospect Alexander Canario, who went hitless in Iowa’s loss on Friday to Omaha.

Goodman ended the Class AA season with Hartford and had not been promoted to the Class AAA level as of Friday leaving Canario as the closest minor leaguer to Gomez who is still on an active roster.

Gomez began the 2022 season with Class AA Springfield where he hit 23 home runs, drove in 54 RBIs, and posted a 1.106 OPS in 60 games. When he moved up from Springfield to Memphis, Gomez led the Texas League in home runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage (.705).

Prior to 2022, Gomez did not play above Class AA after spending seven years in the Rays farm system. His previous career-high was 19 homers that he hit in 122 games for Bowling Green in 2018.

Gomez was released by the Rays last October and joined the Cardinals on a minor-league contract less than a month later. He can choose to become a free agent this winter if the Cardinals do not add him to their 40-man roster within five days after the conclusion of the World Series.

Across two levels of minor-league baseball and 38 home runs later, he has swung his way into that conversation.

Daniel Guerrero

@TheDanielGuerrero on Twitter

dguerrerro@post-dispatch.com

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