Three April Top League Performers in Cardinals System

photo: Michael McGreevy (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Three St. Louis Cardinals prospects have earned Player or Pitcher of the Month honors from their respective leagues for April – Nolan Gorman, Moises Gomez and Michael McGreevy – more than any other organization.

Memphis Redbirds release – Nolan Gorman – International League Player of the Month

Memphis Redbirds second baseman Nolan Gorman was named the International League Player of the Month by MiLB on Tuesday for his April performance. It is the first time in his career Gorman has been honored by MiLB with a monthly award. 

Nolan Gorman

The Cardinals’ No. 2 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, was stellar in April. He batted .338 and led the league in total bases (60), slugging percentage (.811) and OPS (1.201) and was fourth in runs (19). His 11 home runs were tied for the most in professional baseball and led a Memphis team that hit the most home runs (49) across all professional levels. He homered in five straight games from April 13-19 and carried a career-high and league-best 16-game hitting streak from April 8-30. He has hit two home runs in a game twice this season on April 10 and April 27. 

The power surge is one of the reasons Gorman was named “Best Power Hitter” in the Cardinals organization by Baseball America for the third year in a row. Of his 342 career minor league hits, 141 have gone for extra bases (41.2%) including 68 home runs. 

The 21-year-old Gorman is no stranger to awards. Last year, the Phoenix-native was named an Organizational All-Star by MiLB.com for the second time in his career. Before he was promoted to Memphis, Gorman earned Double-A Central Player of the Week for the June 7-13 period. This past fall, he was named to the Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. 

Springfield Cardinals note – Moises Gomez – Texas League Player of the Month

The accolades keeping coming for OF Moises Gomez, who was named on Wednesday the Texas League Player of the Month for April. In 17 games last month, Gomez hit an incredible .429 (27×63) with 11 home runs, 25 RBIs, six doubles and 22 runs. He led the league during April in average, runs, total bases (66), home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage (.1.048) and OPS (1.519), with his 66 total bases 22 more than the next highest total in the league.

Moisés Gómez

Gomez currently leads all of Minor League Baseball with 12 home runs, a 1.463 OPS, 1.000 slugging percentage, 25 runs and 72 total bases, while ranking 2nd with a .417 average, 26 RBIs and 18 extra-base hits.

Peoria Chiefs release – Michael McGreevy – Midwest League Pitcher of the Month

Chiefs right-hander Michael McGreevy was named the Midwest League’s Pitcher of the Month for April, Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday.

Michael McGreevy

McGreevy, the Cardinals first-round selection in the 2021 draft, went 1-0 with a 0.76 earned run average over the course of four starts in the season’s first month. He whiffed 25 batters in 23.2 innings pitched and walked just one of the 83 batters he faced. As a result, he posted a sparkling 0.59 WHIP and held opposing hitters to a .159 batting average.

The 21-year-old burst onto the scene at the High-A level. McGreevy twirled five hitless innings in the season opener at Wisconsin on April 9. He followed it up with 6.2 shutout innings against Great Lakes in his home debut on April 15. In his first two starts, McGreevy did not allow a baserunner to advance past first base.

After taking a no-decision at Cedar Rapids, McGreevy finished April on a high note. The San Clemente, California native picked up his first professional win on April 26 against Wisconsin, his third straight quality start, as he allowed just one run over six innings. McGreevy whiffed a career-high nine batters in his fourth and final start of the month, one off the season-high for a Peoria pitcher.

As of May 4, McGreevy is ranked fourth in the Midwest League in ERA, third in WHIP and leads the circuit with 28.2 innings pitched on the year. McGreevy is slated to start on Saturday at South Bend. 

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