Cardinals Minor Leaguer George Brown Released

The St. Louis Cardinals have given a left-handed pitcher drafted in 2008 his release.

On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals gave up a precious commodity, a left-handed pitcher, as they released George Brown.

George Brown
The 24-year-old first joined the organization as their 27th round selection in the June 2008 First-Year Player Draft from St. John's University. He began his career as a starter with Batavia, then split his time in 2009 between Quad Cities and Palm Beach's rotations. He began his first full season in the Midwest League but was returned to Extended Spring Training before later being reassigned to the Florida State League.

Brown's 2010 was scuttled by a shoulder injury. He was on the disabled list from the start of the season until his reactivation with Palm Beach at the end of August. Brown was clearly rusty, yielding three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings upon his return.

This spring, in two game outings, he allowed two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. Brown ends his Cardinals career with an aggregate 4.40 ERA in 131 regular-season innings. He struck out 110 and walked 39.

Ten minor leaguers have been released since camp began. Opening spring camp rosters with cuts noted, both major and minor league versions, can be seen at The Cardinal Nation Blog.

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