On Monday, two St. Louis Cardinals minor league pitchers have been named the best in their respective leagues for the week of May 4-10. The Texas League selected Springfield Cardinals right-hander Thomas Lee their Pitcher of the Week, while Peoria Chiefs lefty Austin Gomber snagged the Midwest League’s comparable honor.
When Lee is hot, he is hot
Lee, 25, was excellent in his one start during the week, leading the Cardinals to a 5-0 shutout win over Northwest Arkansas on Friday, May 8. He handled the Naturals through a career-high 8 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out five while only allowing six hits and two walks.
It was Lee’s second scoreless start of the season, as he also blanked the Arkansas Travelers over seven innings on April 23. Overall, the Bakersfield, California native is 2-2 with a 6.68 ERA through six starts in his first Double-A campaign, so consistency should be the next goal.
Lee first signed with St. Louis as a non-drafted free agent in June 2012 from Sonoma State University.
Gomber handling MWL hitters
Last Tuesday afternoon, Gomber pitched the Midwest League Peoria Chiefs to a win over the Clinton Lumber Kings. The left-hander struck out seven over a career-high eight innings of shutout baseball. He allowed just four hits, all singles, and did not issue a free pass.
On the season, Gomber has a 2-3 record with a 3.52 ERA over his five starts. He has fanned 28 and walked just five in 30 2/3 innings.
After being drafted in the fourth round last June following his junior year at Florida Atlantic University, Gomber joined short-season State College. There, the 21-year-old went 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 starts while striking out 36 and walking 18 in 47 New York-Penn League innings.
Also on Monday, national prospect-watcher John Sickels called Gomber a player to watch.
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Other news: Good and bad for Neil
Catcher Charile Neil, who had been on the disabled list of A-Advanced Palm Beach for the entire season to-date, was activated on Monday. However, he was immediately reassigned to extended spring training camp and the State College Spikes roster.
The 25-year-old batted .138 in 25 games for short-season Johnson City in 2014 after signing with the Cardinals as a free agent last January. Neil was originally drafted in the 37th round by and signed with Detroit in 2012.
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