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Cardinals Minors Report: Austin Gomber dominates again, Mark Montgomery next reliever up?

Cardinals minors report for games happening Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Memphis 3, Omaha 2 (10)

John Gant: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Mike Mayers: 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K

Mark Montgomery (W, 4-1): 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K

Breyvic Valera – LF: 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Rangel Ravelo – DH: 2-for-4, BB

Tyler O’Neill – RF: 1-for-5, RBI

Alex Mejia – 2B: 4-for-5, 2B, RBI

Harrison Bader – CF: 2-for-5, RBI

Mark Montgomery has been superb out of the Memphis bullpen this season. Over 57 2/3 innings, he’s posted a 2.03 ERA and opponents are batting just .186 off him. Drafted by the Yankees in 2011, Montgomery bounced around their farm system before the Cardinals signed him to a minor league deal in April. According to Pinstriped Prospects, he established fastball command between Double-A and Triple-A in the Yankees’ system in 2016, and it appears that trend has continued as he’s cut his walk rate from 10.8% last year to 5.8% this year. It’s also allowed him to use his slider as an out pitch because he’s been ahead in the count. He’s no top prospect, but Montgomery looks like the type of reliever the Cardinals typically promote if a need arises (see: Brebbia, John).

Springfield 2, San Antonio 0

Austin Gomber (W, 7-7): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K

Tyler Bray: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Rowan Wick (S, 5): 1 IP, 1 K

Eliezer Alvarez – 2B: 1-for-3, BB

Anthony Garcia – LF: 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Tommy Edman – SS: 1-for-4, 2B

I think Austin Gomber might have turned a corner. Last night made it three consecutive starts in which he’s completed seven innings and two in a row without allowing an earned run. We talked extensively about Gomber on Prospect to Be Named Later (at the beginning and again at the very end). Kyle Reis compared Eliezer Alvarez to Tony Womack last night, but I was seven years old when Womack played in St. Louis so the comparison didn’t mean much to me, but I thought I would relay it.

Fort Myes 5, Palm Beach 2

Connor Jones: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Hector Mendoza (L, 0-5): 2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Ross Vance: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Casey Grayson – DH: 3-for-3, BB, RBI

Blake Drake – CF: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Shane Billings – LF: 1-for-3

The Cardinals drafted Connor Jones out of Virginia in the second round of the 2016 draft and Virginia pitchers have a reputation for struggling due to awkward mechanics. Javier Barragan of Baseball Prospectus scouted him in May and said “elbow is lower than shoulder in sort of a shotput position,” which seems about right, and reminds me of Seth Maness (you can read the full report here). His curveball is okay and his change needs serious work, but he’s got good movement on his fastball and there’s “potential for improvement with simplified delivery/arm action,” according to Barragan. I expect Jones to finish the season in Palm Beach and begin 2018 in Double-A.

State College 1, Hudson Valley 3

Daniel Castano: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Will Latcham (L, 1-1): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 K

Zach Kirtley – 2B: 1-for-4

Scott Hurst – CF: 1-for-3, BB, R

Evan Mendoza – 3B: 1-for-3, BB

Yariel Gonzales – 1B: 1-for-2, 2 BB

Evan Mendoza extended his hitting streak to ten games and is hitting .370/.431/.549 on the season. Daniel Castano is a left hander with a smooth delivery and average fastball velocity (87-92 while at Baylor according to as well as a change up and curve. Based on the limited video I’ve seen of him, he relies on locating his fastball inside to right-handed hitters to be successful. He’s gone 7-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 10 starts for State College, and he reminds me of a less athletic Marco Gonzales.

Johnson City 7, Bristol 6

Edwar Ramirez: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Will Changarotty (W, 3-1): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 K

Brett Seeburger (S, 1): 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Chase Pinder – CF: 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Luis Bandes – DH: 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI

Brady Whalen – 3B: 1-for-3, 2 BB

The Bristol Pirates are actually quite terrible. Last night’s loss dropped them to 10-37, good for a .213 winning percentage. Delvin Perez was out of the lineup for the second straight night after being hit by a pitch on the hand on Monday, and I do not know the severity of the injury.

GCL Cardinals 12, GCL Marlins 3

Sean Gilmartin: 1 IP, 1 K

Junior Gonzalez (W, 2-1): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Wilberto Rivera: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Cory Malcom: 1 IP, 1 K

Jonathan Machado – CF: 2-for-5, BB, 3 R

Luis Flores – 2B: 3-for-5, 3 RBI

Taylor Bryant – 3B: 2-for-4, 2 BB, 5 RBI

Andres Luna – DH: 2-for-5, 2B

Thanks for reading.

Colin Garner

Colin Garner
Colin is a catcher at Drury University who's a big fan of pitch calling, bullpenning, and Game of Thrones. Gets very frustrated with nonsense from people around him while attending games.
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