Gomber, Nogowski Honored for Weekly Performances

photo: Austin Gomber (Memphis Redbirds)

Austin Gomber is the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week and John Nogowski is the Texas League Player of the Week for the period of April 23-29. Ryan Helsley returns to Springfield from Memphis.

Memphis Redbirds press release

Memphis Redbirds’ left-hander Austin Gomber has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 23-29, the league office announced Monday.

Austin Gomber

In just his fourth career Triple-A start, Gomber dominated the Iowa Cubs on April 23 in Des Moines, Iowa, striking out 16 batters. After loading the bases with no outs in the first, Gomber recorded his first strikeout of the day before getting an inning-ending double play to escape. Including the final two batters in the first inning, Gomber retired 16-straight batters, 12 via strikeout, until allowing a single in the sixth inning.

Gomber pitched 8.0 strong innings, allowing just six hits without a walk on top of his 16 strikeouts. Gomber’s previous career-high was 11 strikeouts.

The lefty put himself in the Redbirds’ record books, as well. He tied Lance Lynn with the most strikeouts in franchise history. Lynn struck out 16 batters on Sept. 10, 2010 in the PCL Playoffs. Gomber’s 16 strikeout performance gave him the most strikeouts in the regular season in Redbirds’ history, pushing him past Anthony Reyes and Bill Pulsipher, both of whom struck out 15 batters in 2005.

Springfield Cardinals press release

The Texas League has announced Springfield Cardinals first baseman John Nogowski as Player of the Week for April 23 – 29.

John Nogowski

Nogowski, 25, continued his torrid start to 2018 last week, hitting .454 (10-22) with one home run, one double, seven RBIs and four runs in six games. He led the league in batting average and RBIs and was second in hits (10), helping Springfield go 5-1 on the week while recording a hit in each game.

The Tallahassee, Florida native has been on a tear this season, hitting .384 with four home runs, four doubles and 20 RBIs in 20 games this April with a .432 on-base percentage and 1.035 OPS. Nogowski is riding a career-best 11-game hitting streak, is currently second in the Texas League in batting and RBIs, fifth in total bases (44) and first in Total Plate Appearances/Strikeout Ratio (16.20).

The first baseman was selected by Oakland in the 34th round of the 2014 June Draft out of Florida State University. The Athletics released Nogowski on March 27, 2017. After spending nearly three months with the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association, where he batted .402 over 34 games, St. Louis acquired Nogowski on June 29, 2017, signing him as a Minor League free agent.

Helsley’s spot start done well

The tweets sum it up. The first one is from Monday, the second from Sunday.

Ryan Helsley

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