Outfielder Edwin Gomez made a huge leap in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system in 2008. After three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, the 20-year-old made the jump all the way to the New York-Penn League. The Dominican hit .256/.332/.390 in 48 games in his North American debut.
Gomez saved his best for the post-season. During the playoffs for the Batavia Muckdogs, he hit .368 with seven RBIs including two in the championship game. Another highlight of the season was a home run he hit off Pedro Martinez during spring training.
A few days shy of his 17th birthday, the Cardinals signed Gomez on March 7, 2005. He would improve each of his three seasons in the Dominican, including a 2007 season during which he hit .298/.439/.446 with four home runs and 50 RBIs.
Edwin was kind enough to take time out during the recently started Dominican Instructional League to answer a few questions.
Mattison: Tell me about your championship season at
Gomez: I am very glad to have won the championship in
DM: You had a solid first season in the
just believed I could hit better in the big moments. When you are in playoffs,
you will face the best pitchers and I think you have a better chance to see and
hit better pitches.
DM: Can you explain to me how you came about becoming a Cardinal and what that process is like?
signed with the Cardinals on 2005 as a free agent. When I was 16 the Cardinals'
scouts came to my country and I tried out for them and then afterward they
DM: What parts of your game do you feel you need to improve upon?
think I need improve my fielding and my speed.
DM: What are you doing this off-season?
The Cardinals have an instructional league program down here in the
DM: When you are not playing baseball, how do you like to spend your time?
EG: When I'm not playing, I spend time going to church and being with family and friends. Sometimes I going bowling and I watch winter league baseball games.
I appreciate Edwin taking time out his schedule to answer a few questions. I know he was reluctant because of the language barrier and I wish him the best of luck in his Cardinal career.
Dustin Mattison can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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