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St. Louis Cardinals Prospect Report: Charlie Tilson and Breyvic Valera homer for Springfield; Luke Weaver shines for Palm Beach; Austin Gomber strikes out 7 for Peoria

It was a full slate of games this weekend for all of the Cardinals affiliates, and some old faces provided the highlights.

Former Future Redbird Tim Cooney Threw 5 2/3 scoreless inningss for the big club yesterday
Former Future Redbird Tim Cooney Threw 5 2/3 scoreless inningss for the big club yesterday
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Austin Gomber (SP, A) 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

The 7 innings Austin Gomber threw on Sunday matched his season high, and he has now struck out 17 batters in his last two starts. He has 9 wins on the season so far if you're into that sort of thing, and has struck out 96 batters in 95 2/3 innings in his first exposure to full-season ball.

Breyvic Valera (2B, AA)

Breyvic Valera has been one of the more frustrating prospects for me this season. While he was not a personal favorite of mine like he has been for Eric, I expected him to continue to do in his second stint in Springfield what he has done most of his minor league career; be a productive hitter driven primarily by a high BABIP and contact rate. He has continued to limit strikeouts, his K% is down to 6.3% this season, but his BABIP has tumbled this year, and when he's not lacing singles all over the park he has neither to power (Sunday's homer notwithstanding) nor the patience to make up for it. I was hoping he would single his way into the crowded utility infielder discussion by the end of the season, so hopefully he can get things turned around.

Malik Collymore (OF, Rk)

The Johnson City outfielder homered for the first time this month on Saturday. He is only 59 plate appearances into his season, so as always small sample size caution is warranted, but while the overall line so far hasn't been great it is at least a little encouraging that he has collected 5 extra base hits on the year.

Luke Weaver (SP, A+): 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB 8 K

I would rather avoid writing up the same player in consecutive weekend recaps, but Luke Weaver's outing this weekend certainly warranted a mention. The 2014 first-rounder continued his walk-averse ways, but coupled that with 8 strikeouts and 7 ground outs on Friday night. The 7 2/3 innings pitched and 8 punch outs were both career highs for Weaver.