ST. LOUIS – Almost a month into the minor league baseball season, the St. Louis Cardinals have prospects of making progress at almost every level of the farming system.
Over the past few weeks, second baseman Nolan Gorman, outfielder Moisés Gómez and shortstop Masyn Winn have all hit on and off, giving Cardinals fans a glimpse of the future.
Nolan Gorman, a 2018 first-round draft pick and second baseman for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, hits .298 with a Triple-A lead of 11 home runs and 17 runs hit. He stringed together a 16-game hit streak from April 8 through April 30 that included a power boost of six homers over six games.
Gorman was recently named International League Player of the Month in April. In the first month of the season, he hit .338, which put him in the top 10 triple-A hitters in Slugging Percentage and OPS.
MLB Pipeline ranks Gorman 31st among minor league prospects and 2nd in the Cardinals farm system. The strong start could have him knocking on the door of a major league debut despite a crowded infield with Tommy Edman at second base.
Moisés Gómez, an outfielder for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals, has also been raking in recent weeks. Gómez, who signed with the Cardinals as a minor league free agent last winter, has made his way to one of minor league baseball’s more surprising starts. He currently leads the Texas League, one of three Double-A divisions, with 14 home runs, 30 RBI and a .410 batting average.
In addition to earning his way to Texas League Player of the Month, Gómez was named St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month. He has shown no sign of slowing down, entering Saturday on an eight-game hitting streak and hitting in all but three of 22 games this season. Even more impressive is that he has two three-game home run streaks and three more instances of home runs in back-to-back games.
Gómez makes a strong case for a minor league promotion to Triple-A Memphis, but that may take time as fellow outfielders Lars Nootbaar, Alec Burleson and Conner Capel make steady contributions. He was not ranked in MLB Pipeline’s most recently released Team Prospect rankings.
Down at the Single-A level, Masyn Winn takes charge of the Peoria Chiefs offense in the Midwest League. Winn, a 2020 second-round draft pick, leads the qualifying hitters in the Midwest League with six triples, a .465 on-base percentage and a 1.118 OPS. His 28 hits and 11 stolen bases also rank in the top 5 in the league.
Winn was drafted out of high school as a shortstop and pitcher, but has invested most of his first two seasons in the minor league as a hitter. He pitched a scoreless inning for the Peoria Chiefs last September. This season he has yet to conquer the mound this season. Regardless, he’s expanding his craft as a reliable contact hitter with speed.
MLB Pipeline ranks Winn as the fifth best prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. As with Gorman and Gómez, his quick start could see promotion to the minor leagues being considered.
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