Cardinals Prospect Interview: Austin Gomber

The State College Spikes left-handed starter has done his best pitching recently when it matters most

Ever since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, left-handed pitcher Austin Gomber has not received the same level of notice as the pitchers selected ahead of him by the organization – Luke Weaver, Andrew Morales and Ronnie Williams.

In all fairness, Gomber did little to open eyes in his initial professional work. Still just 20 years of age, the former Florida Atlantic pitcher had been challenged with an assignment to the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League.

The Cardinals had taken it easy with Gomber. In his first nine starts for the State College Spikes, the Winter Garden, Fla. resident averaged just under four innings per appearance. As a result, Gomber had no wins despite a decent 3.27 ERA.

The shackles were removed in his final two outings and Gomber delivered, with two scoreless starts of seven innings each. In total, he allowed just nine hits, walked no one and struck out 11. More impressive was that he faced the same club, Williamsport, both times.

To read a scouting report on Gomber, check out Robert Davidson’s recent article, Scouting State College Starting Pitchers.

This Monday night, Gomber has the biggest assignment of his young career. Pitching in game two of the New York-Penn League championship series, he has a chance to clinch the title for the Spikes. We had the following conversation prior to the finals.

Coming soon

The final interview in this State College series will be with catcher Brian O’Keefe.

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