Unless you have your head stuck in the sand or don’t really follow major league baseball, you’ve heard about the six-player trade between the Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.
The headliner, of course, is Nolan Arenado, a five-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner, who is heading to St. Louis, and a sub-header would be the Colorado fans who are, shall we say, “rather upset.”
Here at All Things Valley League, though, we’re focused on one of the players sent to Colorado- Austin Gomber, a member of the 2012 Luray Wranglers. Gomber was selected in the 4th round of the 2014 draft by the Cardinals, and worked his way up to make his major league debut on June 2, 2018. After his debut season in ’18, in which he went 6-2, 4.44, with a 1.507 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, and 8.0 K/9 in 75 innings, he missed the entire 2019 season to biceps and shoulder injuries. He returned in 2020 and appeared in 14 games, going 1-1, 1.86, with a 1.172 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, and 8.4 K/9 in 29 innings. He is expected to compete for a starting rotation spot with the Rockies in 2021.
Fun tidbit- Gomber was teammates with Ryan Yarbrough in Luray in 2012.