Easley, 27, was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the supplemental first round (61st overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft from Mississippi State University. There he won the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher.
The right-handed hitter faced the Memphis Redbirds as a member of the D-backs' Reno Aces last season, for whom he hit .334 with six home runs and 49 RBI over 87 games. Easley batted .369 (31-for-84) with runners in scoring position and hit left-handed pitchers at a .391 clip (27-for-69). Easley was the Diamondbacks' organization Co-Player of the Month for August, after he batted .402 in 23 games.
Defensively, Easley led Pacific Coast League catchers throwing out 35.7% of attempted base stealers (25 caught in 70 attempts) and posted a .993 fielding percentage in 562 total chances. Over his seven-year minor league career, he has thrown out 138 of 470 attempted base stealers (29.4%).
With the departure of Rob Johnson as a minor league free agent, Easley would seem positioned to take over the role of veteran receiver with the Triple-A Redbirds for 2014
Note: The Cardinals also officially announced the earlier signing of minor league free agent Scott Moore and confirmed the third baseman has received a big-league spring camp invitation as well.
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