Cardinals Sign Lance Zawadzki To Minor League Contract

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Lance Zawadzki to a minor league contract, according to the Pacific Coast League's official transactions page. Zawadzki has been assigned to Triple-A Memphis, where he's already made his debut with the team.

After spending the first four years of his minor league career in the San Diego Padres system, Zawadzki has bounced around a bunch of organizations. In 2011, he played for the Royals' Triple-A affiliate, and he's spent time with the Braves' and Dodgers' Triple-A affiliates this year, as well.

The 27-year-old had flashed potential during his initial climb up the minor league ladder, but things have stalled badly in Triple-A. Over 776 plate appearances at that level, Zawadzki has hit just .231/.286/.343, struggling to get on base or hit for power. At this point, his defensive versatility is presumably the primary appeal that he has to big league organizations.

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