Cardinals Release Shortstop Sandoval

The St. Louis Cardinals have released shortstop Willian Sandoval, who played for the Swing of the Quad Cities this past season.

Sandoval, 22, had been suspended and sent home July 16, 2007 for violating Minor League Baseball's substance abuse program. Sandoval spent time with the Dominican Summer League Cardinals (2005), State College and Johnson City (2006) before being promoted to Quad Cities. He brought a lot of speed, but struggled at Quad Cities and never came around to being a quality dependable shortstop for the organization.

The native of Venezuela hit .162 (28-for-173) with two doubles, one home run, nine RBIs, seven stolen bases and had 36 strikeouts in 59 games before the suspension. Sandoval was originally signed by the Cardinals as a non-drafted free agent in December, 2004.

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