Three Cardinals Prospects start blazing

St. Lewis – About a month into the minor league baseball season, the St. Louis Cardinals had prospects of finding their stride at nearly every level of the farm system.

In recent weeks, second base officer Nolan Gorman, defensive player Moises Gomez and shortstop Maasin Wayne have continued to hit and kick, giving Cardinals fans a glimpse into the future.

Nolan Gorman, 2018 first-round draft pick and second baseman for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, scores .298 with 11 home-leading runs and 17 shots. The April 8 to April 30 streak, which included a power boost for six home runs over six games.

Gorman was recently named International League Player of the Year in April. He hit 0.338 in the first month of the season, making him among the top 10 top-tier hitters in slowdown and OPS.

MLB Pipeline ranked Gorman 31st among its minor league prospects and 2nd in the Cardinals ranch system. A strong start could have him knocking on the door to his first major league appearance, despite jamming with Tommy Edman at second base.

Moisés Gómez, a defensive player for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, has also been impressing in recent weeks. Gomez, who signed with the Cardinals as a free agent for minor league last winter, made his way to one of the most surprising starts in minor league baseball. He currently leads the Texas League, one of three Double-A divisions, with 14 home runs, 30 RBI and a .410 hitting average.

Gomez worked his way up not only to receiving the Texas League Player of the Month honors, but also to the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month awards. Showing no signs of slowing down, riding an eight-game winning streak through Saturday has taken hits in all but three of his 22 games this season. Even more impressive, he has two out of three home streaks and three more home runs in back-to-back games.

Gomez makes a strong case for promotion to the minor league to Triple-A Memphis, but that could take some time with consistent contributions from fellow pitchers Lars Nutbar, Alec Burleson and Conner Capel. It was not ranked in the most recent MLB Pipeline Team Rankings released.

Below the individual level, Maasin Wayne is in charge of the Peoria Chiefs offensive in the Midwest League. Winn, a 2020 second-round pick, leads the Midwest League’s qualifying hitters by six, .465 on a percentage basis, and 1.118 OPS. His 28 hits and 11 stolen bases also rank in the top 5 bases in the league.

Winn was recruited from high school as a shortstop and bowler, but invested most of his first two high school seasons as a hitter. He threw one goal-free round for the Peoria Chiefs last September. He hasn’t taken the hill this season yet. Regardless, it adds to his craft as a reliable speed connection hitter.

MLB Pipeline ranked Wayne as the fifth best prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals. Like Gorman and Gómez, his fast start might lead him to consider a minor league promotion.

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