The Texas native was originally signed by the Astros as their 20th round pick in the 2004 draft. Towles made his MLB debut with Houston in September 2007. Though he appeared in the majors in each of the following four seasons, the right-handed hitter never had as many as 200 plate appearances in any year.
In 484 MLB plate appearances over five seasons, Towles' line is .187/.267/.315/.582. As the reserve catcher for Rochester this season, his OPS was comparable at .595 (.214/.280/.315).
Towles' career highlight occurred against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. On September 20, 2007, the rookie went 4-for-4 for nine total bases and eight RBI against Braden Looper and several relievers. He finished the 18-1 Houston win with a ninth-inning home run while facing second baseman/emergency pitcher Aaron Miles.
With the 2013 Cardinals, Towles (pronounced "Tolls") is expected to compete with Tony Cruz for the reserve catcher's job at the MLB level along with another former major leaguer signed earlier to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, Rob Johnson.
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