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Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week: John Gast

The Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week for the week of July 21st through the 27th goes to former Florida State left-handed pitcher, John Gast. Gast turned in a solid week for the Memphis Redbirds of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League — a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ organization.

In a victory over the Iowa Cubs on Friday, Gast allowed just one run on two hits over six innings while striking out six. Over his last two starts, Gast has yielded just a single run and only five combined hits in 12 innings. Gast has given up just three earned runs in his last 23 2/3 innings pitched.

After moving over from the Florida State League earlier in the season, Gast set a Memphis record for consecutive scoreless innings. After a brief slump, Gast has really put it together over his last four starts. Down the stretch, Gast could be a real weapon for a Memphis squad that sits just a game and a half back of the Nashville Sounds in its division.

Mike Ferguson

About Mike Ferguson

Mike Ferguson is a Bloguin contributor, the editor of Noled Out and a lifetime Florida State sports enthusiast. Mike vividly remembers watching Warrick Dunn run down the sideline in Gainesville in 1993, the "Choke at Doak" in 1994 and Monte Cummings' driving layup to beat #1 Duke in 2002. Mike has worked as a sports reporter in both print and online. For isportsweb in 2013, Mike gave press coverage of Florida State football's run to the 2013 national championship. Mike has been featured on SI.com, FoxSports.com and Yahoo Sports while interviewing major sports stars such as 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen. Mike graduated from Florida State University in 2009 with a major in Religion and a minor in Communications. Mike currently resides in Haines City, Florida with his wife Jennifer and daughters Trinity and Greenly. Mike is a full-time reporter at Polk County's newspaper, The Ledger, in Lakeland, Florida. Mike can be followed on Twitter @MikeWFerguson.

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