Saturday, October 5, 2013
Cardinals Claim Joey Butler
A few days ago the St. Louis Cardinals claimed Joey Butler off waivers when the Rangers reinstated Nelson Cruz from the restricted list since his fifty day suspension is now over. The Cardinals nabbed him without hesitation. . In 2008 Butler was a 15th round draft pick for the Texas Rangers. With 1,563 plate appearances at Round Rock his career hitting line was .300/.392/.468. I was quite surprised that the Rangers had put this kid on waivers. He is known for his speed and power. As a Ranger there wasn't much growth for him to move into a starting position in the outfield. In 2012 and 2013 his hitting has gotten better in the minors. He has been branded for as a AAA player. I guess the Cardinals claimed him to help fill in at the Memphis Redbirds team. With the Cardinals he is also blocked to become a starter in the outfield with Holiday, Jay and Taveras to be the main outfield starters. His best chances is to be a bench/pinch hitter player with the Cardinals.