11/18/2013 4:20 P.M. ET
Cardinals sign two minor league free agents for 2014; Former 1st round picks Moore and Easley receive Spring Training invites
By / MLB.com
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed minor league free agents Scott Moore and Ed Easley to contracts with their Memphis (AAA) affiliate that includes invites to the team's 2014 Major League Spring Training camp.
Moore, 30, has spent 11 years in professional baseball and parts of five seasons with three different Major League organizations. He was originally a first round pick (8th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in the 2002 first-year player draft out of Cypress High School (Calif.).
The left-handed hitting infielder made his Major League debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2006 and has played in 152 games in the majors posting a career .242 batting average with 16 home runs and 53 RBI. Moore most recently played with the Houston Astros during the 2012 season, appearing in 72 games, while batting .259 with nine home runs and 26 RBI.
Last season, Moore played in 120 games at the Triple-A level between the Sacramento (Athletics) and Tucson (Padres) affiliates in the Pacific Coast League. He primarily played third base and left field and batted .271 with 14 HR and 66 RBI, while swatting 33 doubles and was named Pacific Coast League Batter of the Week May 20-27.
Easley, 27, was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round supplemental phase (61st overall) of the 2007 first-year player draft out of Mississippi State University where he won the Johnny Bench Award presented to the nation's top collegiate catcher.
The right-handed hitting catcher ascended as high as Triple-A Reno last season where he batted .334 with six home runs and 49 RBI over 87 games. He batted .369 (31-84) with runners in scoring position and hit left-handed pitchers at a .391 clip (27-69). Easley was the Diamondbacks' organization co-player of the month for August.
Defensively, Easley led Pacific Coast League catchers throwing out 35.7% of attempted base stealers (25 CS-70 ATT) and posted a .993 fielding percentage in 562 total chances. In his seven-year minor league career, he has thrown out 138 of 470 attempted base stealers (29.4%).
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