Edwin Gomez: Saving Best for the Post-Season

After a successful first season in the United States, St, Louis Cardinals prospect Edwin Gomez took time to talk with Dustin Mattison.

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. 

 

 

 

Dustin Mattison: Tell me about your championship season at Batavia.

 

Edwin Gomez: I am very glad to have won the championship in Batavia. We played with heart all season and we finally reached our goal. It is hard when you are not hitting well and you can't do what you want to do for the team. Fortunately, there were people to help pick me up when I needed it. 


DM: You had a solid first season in the U.S., but during the playoffs you hammered the ball. What was the difference?

 

EG: I 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?

 

EG: I 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 signed me.

DM: What parts of your game do you feel you need to improve upon?

 

EG: I think I need improve my fielding and my speed.

DM: What are you doing this off-season?

 

EG: The Cardinals have an instructional league program down here in the Dominican Republic. We just got started practicing and playing this week. 

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 dustin@whiteyball.com.

 

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