Mahoney who is hitting just .206 in 20 games for the Redbirds, is considered a good defensive catcher with a decent arm.
The 32 year old veteran catcher had a solid first season at Memphis (AAA) in 2004, appearing in a team-high 76 games behind the plate while also maintaining a .300 batting mark.
Mahoney has some pop in his bat, hitting five home runs last season with nine of his 20 hits in August for extra bases. He also has the ability to get on base, his 2004 on base percentage (OBP)was .357, which is the same OBP the Cardinals shortstop and leadoff hitter David Eckstein has going into today's game.
Prior to the 2004 season, Mahoney spent the previouse four years in the Chicago Cubs system, making his Major League debut at Wrigley Field in 2000. He also appeared in 16 games behind the plate for the Cubs in 2002, where he didn't make an error and threw out all four runners who attempted to steal against him.
He was voted the top defensive catcher in the Southern League with Atlanta's Double-A affiliate in 1997, when Greenville won the league championship.
Mahoney was a shortstop in college before he converted to catcher at Creighton University, and he has even tried his hand at pitching twice, (keep this information from Tony LaRussa please) once with Richmond in 1999, and once with Iowa in 2000.