Two former Valley Leaguers, at different levels and from very different backgrounds, are off to tremendous starts to their minor league seasons so far.
First of all, Matt Solter (Strasburg 2012) was not drafted or signed by a big league organization when he finished his time at Furman. In 2015, he was signed by the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the independent American Association, and threw in 18 games. He was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco Giants in 2016, and spent two seasons, 2016 and 2017, in their system. Released after 2017, he again pitched in the American Association in 2018, and then was scooped up by the Cleveland Indians.
Assigned to Double-A Akron out of Spring Training, Matt has been amazing for the RubberDucks so far. On Wednesday, Matt shut out Binghamton over 7 innings, allowing only 1 hit, 2 walks, and striking out 4. For the season so far, he’s 0-0, 0.56, with a 0.75 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, and 10.1 K/9 in 16 innings pitched.
Secondly, former Luray Wrangler Austin Gomber (2012) is also throwing extremely well, only at Triple-A Memphis, one level higher than Solter. Austin was assigned to Triple-A after a tough Spring Training, but he has already made his major league debut- for the Cardinals on June 2nd, 2018.
On Friday, Austin threw 6 innings at Omaha, allowing 3 hits, 0 earned runs, 4 walks, and striking out 8 to win his third game of the brand-new minor league season. Overall, he’s 3-0, 2.54, with a 1.02 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, and 9.5 K/9 in 28 1/3 innings pitched. He will most certainly get to pitch in St. Louis at some point this season.
Well done, guys!