Cards add another minor leaguer in Matt Young

The St. Louis Cardinals add their 10th minor league position player this season from outside the organization in free agent Matt Young.

Faced with the release of outfielder Mark Hamilton and the need for warm bodies for Memphis, the St. Louis Cardinals once again went outside the organization for a replacement. The organization has signed veteran outfielder Matt Young and assigned him to the Triple-A Redbirds. The 29-year-old had been outrighted by the Detroit Tigers on July 5 and released on Monday, August 13.

Young was signed to a minor league deal by Detroit in November after he had been outrighted by the Atlanta Braves last September and became a free agent following the season. Though he did not come north with the Tigers out of camp this spring, he was added to the 40-man roster and called up on June 3.

Young did make Atlanta's roster out of spring training in 2011 - his first MLB opening day - but was sent down to Triple-A and recalled several times during the summer. He had first been added to the Braves' 40-man roster in November 2010.

In 20 games with Atlanta last year and five with Detroit this year, Young has an MLB line of .190/.254/.224.

Originally signed by the Braves as an undrafted free agent in 2004 from the University of New Mexico, the left-handed batter and right-handed thrower worked his way up through the Braves system.

In 2010, the Texan ranked in the top 10 in the International League with a .300 batting average and his 39 steals was tops in the circuit. Young was second in runs and hits, fifth in doubles and on-base percentage and was fourth-most difficult to strike out. In both 2008 and 2009, the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder was an all-star with Double-A Mississippi.

Between Double-A and Triple-A in 2008-10, Young had consecutive campaigns with 30, 43 and 39 stolen bases. In 944 minor league games over eight seasons, his line is .280/.386/.372.

Young becomes at least the tenth veteran minor league position player brought in by the Cardinals bolter the rosters of Memphis and Double-A Springfield since the 2012 regular season began.

He follows Cedric Hunter, Lou Montanez, Jamie Romak, Mitch Canham, Aaron Bates, Lance Zawadzki, Jake Shaffer, Ray Kruml and Brock Peterson. Canham and Bates have since been released and Shaffer retired.

Matt Young should not be confused with the Cardinals' 20th round draft pick this June. Matthew Young, also an outfielder, plays with the short-season Class-A Batavia Muckdogs.

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