Fresh off one of the best starts of his minor-league career, Gomber will join the St. Louis Cardinals in Pittsburgh today.
On April 23, West Orange High baseball alum Austin Gomber had one of the best starts of his professional career — the left-handed pitcher struck out 16 batters over eight shutout innings for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds in a 3-0 victory over the Iowa Cubs.
Six days later, on April 29, the former Warrior got the news he had been waiting for his whole life — the St. Louis Cardinals called up Gomber to join the Big League-club.
Gomber will wear No. 68 and, according to MLB.com's Matt Kelly, will be utilized in the Cardinals' bullpen. As a reliever, Gomber could see Big League action as soon as today's 1:35 p.m. (ET) game at Pittsburgh.
Gomber, 24, has pitched well for Triple-A Memphis this season — in four starts, he has a 2.45 ERA spanning 25.2 innings with 27 strikeouts. In Double-A Springfield in 2017, the former Warrior earned 10 wins and had a 3.34 ERA.
Observer Preps caught up with Gomber back in December when the left-handed pitcher was added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster ahead of Spring Training. That article can be read HERE.
Williams was called up by the New York Yankees in 2015 and is currently playing for the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Fontana was called up by the Los Angeles Angels in 2017 and is currently playing for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees.