Cardinals Prospect Josh Squatrito Released

Right-handed reliever had strong 2009 debut before being slowed by 2010 shoulder surgery.

The St. Louis Cardinals released minor league pitcher Josh Squatrito on Tuesday morning. The 24-year-old right-hander had joined the organization in the 25th round of the 2009 draft from Towson University.

Squatrito had a strong introduction to the professional ranks, earning the nod as The Cardinal Nation Batavia Muckdogs Reliever of the Year and receiving our system-wide Rookie Relief Pitcher of the Year Award for 2009.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder posted a 4-1 record with one save in 20 games in his debut in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. Squatrito fanned 35 and walked just six in 26 1/3 innings and looked to be on his way.

Unfortunately, he was injured during 2010 spring training and lost the entire season due to shoulder surgery conducted in early April. In game action this spring, Squatrito walked two and struck out one in 2/3 of an inning for Quad Cities on Sunday.

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