San Diego's fourth round pick in 2007 can play both second base and shortstop. After working his way up through the Padres' system, he made his major league debut on May 2, 2010. After appearing in 20 MLB games with a line of .200/.300/.257, the left-handed hitter was returned to Triple-A and has not appeared in the majors since.
The Massachusetts native was claimed off waivers by the Royals from San Diego in November 2010 and was outrighted to the minors a month later. After playing with Triple-A Omaha in 2011, Zawadzki became a free agent following the season.
The Cardinals and their new player have a prior history, albeit brief. Following the 2006 collegiate season, Zawadzki was taken in the 15th round of the draft by the Cardinals. He did not sign and transferred to Lee University. Earlier, he attended LSU and San Diego State.
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