photo: Austin Gomber (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)
The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned left-handed starting pitcher Austin Gomber to Triple-A Memphis, manager Mike Shildt announced Wednesday morning.
Gomber had been in a four-way competition for the starting berth temporarily vacated by the injured Carlos Martinez, along with Dakota Hudson, John Gant and Daniel Ponce de Leon. Hudson is the presumed, but unannounced leader.
Shildt complimented Gomber, noting “his stuff was really good” but “he was unable to execute his fastball command” this spring. The 25-year old, who made his MLB debut in 2018, will continue to start for the Triple-A Redbirds, the manager said.
Shildt labeled Gomber “a Major League pitcher in minor league camp” while noting his key contribution of five wins during the team’s August 2018 surge.
This spring, Gomber pitched in four games for a total of 11 innings, but yielded a total of 13 runs over his final three appearances for a spring ERA of 10.64. He gave up 19 hits, walked five and struck out just three.
To track the remaining players in camp, the status of the Cardinals’ 40-man roster as well as all players in the system by position and level, check out the Roster Matrix, always free and updated here at The Cardinal Nation. Also included is every player transaction across the full organization all year long.
Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation
Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!
© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.