That title may not be quite accurate, as you, brilliant reader, could make the case that Austin Gomber, a Luray Wrangler in 2012, definitely emerged in 2015, when he went 15-3, 2.67 for Low-A Peoria.
But now the scouts are starting to pay attention to how Austin is throwing in the Arizona Fall League. Baseball America wrote this about Austin’s play thus far:
Gomber is racking up the innings, and the looks from scouts—internal and outside the organization—in the Arizona Fall League. The former Florida Atlantic starter pitched 5.2 solid innings (5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 SO) Friday as Glendale beat Peoria 5-1. He improved to 4-0, 1.99 and he leads the Fall League in innings with 22.2 and he’s tied with Diamondbacks reliever Jared Miller for most strikeouts with 24. Gomber has a back-end rotation profile and has been compared to fellow Cardinals lefthander Tim Cooney. His curveball has shown the most improvement of his three-pitch mix since he turned pro.
Austin went 7-8, 2.69 in High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield in 2016, along with 116 strikeouts in 127 innings pitched. I think he’ll start showing up on top prospect lists this offseason!