The eight are listed below by their 2011 season-ending level in the system. Six levels are represented, ranging from the highest US-based affiliate, Triple-A Memphis, down to the lowest, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.
After making the major league opening day roster as a long reliever, Augenstein suffered a groin strain in mid-April. He returned in June to be assigned to a minor league rehab assignment and never made it back to St. Louis. He was optioned out before June was over and the next month, was removed from the 40-man roster.
The 6-foot-6 hurler finished his only season in the Cardinals organization with a 9.53 ERA in 5 2/3 innings with St. Louis and a 4.04 ERA in 25 relief appearances and one spot start for Triple-A Memphis.
Augenstein had joined the organization last October when he was claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Over his five seasons in the system, the left-handed hitter from Stanford actually improved his OPS at each level, yet his career-best OPS year was just .703 in 2010. After stealing 55 bases his first two professional seasons, Rapoport slipped to a career-worst 7-for-13 in 2011.
With Palm Beach, the now-23-year-old from Arkansas was suspended this April but played well in the Florida State League upon his early May activation. One month later, the left-handed hitter made his Double-A debut but suffered a hip flexor injury after just 25 games with Springfield. Ingram lasted just five innings of his first rehab game with Batavia on August 17 before his season ended due to another injury.
Ingram stole 86 bases in 119 attempts over four seasons but his career OPS was just .725 due to a lack of pop in his bat.
The 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic made the Florida State League all-star roster this June, but struggled in the second half, batting just .238 from June 1. After two weeks on Palm Beach's disabled list in July, Lara was later demoted to Quad Cities for the latter half of August before finishing the season where he began.
Over his six seasons in the organization, Lara fanned 500 times against just 139 walks over 1,531 plate appearances. The right-handed hitter's career line is comparable to his second half at .239/.313/.421/.734 (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS).
For much of 2009 and all of 2010 as well, Johnson pitched for the Appalachian League Cardinals primarily as a starter after having been St. Louis' 41st round selection in the 2009 draft. He had been added to the River Bandits' roster at the end of this April after remaining in extended spring training for the first month. With Quad Cities, Johnson went 1-4 with a 4.33 ERA, fanning 39 but walking 22 in 52 innings, all in relief.
|De La Cruz|
De La Cruz was our top relief pitcher for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals in 2010, where he tied for the league lead with 22 games finished. His ERA was 1.85 and he had a 43:8 strikeout to walk ratio in 34 innings. He became a Cardinal via the 43rd round of the 2009 draft from Imperial Valley College.
In 2011, Moscatel spent the entire summer with Batavia of the New York-Penn League. There, he batted .225 in 30 games. His career line is a power-starved .213/.298/.277/.575.
Richard Mendoza's release was previously reported here on Wednesday, November 9.
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