REDINGTON SHORES, Fla. - Johnson City Cardinals' infielder Nolan Gorman and Burlington Royals' pitcher Marcelo Martinez have been named Appalachian League Players of the Week for July 30 - August 5, as announced by Minor League Baseball Monday.
Gorman, the first-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2018 First-Year Player Draft, batted .522, going 12-for-23 in five games with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, and seven runs scored. He recorded a hit in each Cardinals' game from July 30 through August 5 as part of a nine-game hitting streak. Gorman, 18, currently boasts a .343 average, tied for the fifth-best mark in the Appalachian League.
Martinez, 21, pitched six shutout innings in Burlington's 3-0 win over Pulaski on August 1, allowing just one hit while striking out 12 and not surrendering a walk. The performance lowered his season ERA to 2.54 across 39.0 innings pitched and marked the second time this season he recorded 12 strikeouts in a game. The Kansas City Royals signed the left-handed to a minor league contract on March 7, 2018.
The Appalachian League is a Rookie (Advance) league in Minor League Baseball that consists of 10 teams across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The league was established in 1911, and the modern Appalachian League began play in 1957. For more information about the Appalachian League, please visit appyleague.com or follow the league on Twitter (@AppyLeague).
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