Dodgers Sign Catcher Justin Knoedler

The Dodgers signed signed C Justin Knoedler, 29, to a minor league contract, with an invitation to spring training. He has pitched very briefly but very well, and has spent time in the San Francisco, Oakland, Florida and Chicago White Sox minor league. It is not known if he will be given a chance to pitch.

Knoedler began his professional career in 2001 as a pitcher at Salem. He appeared in 13 games, all in relief, and had a 1-1 record with a 1.26 ERA. Working in long relief he pitched 28.2 inning with 38 strikeouts and nine walks. He also pitched two games for the Chicago White Sox AAA team, allowing one hit and no runs in three innings.

He was concerted to catching in 2002. He played for the Single-A Hagerstown. He hit .257 with 5 home runs in 86 games. Knoedler was promoted to the High-A San Jose in 2002 and recorded an identical .257 average but he banged out 10 home runs.

He played his first full season in 2004 at Double-A Norwich. In 115 games he hit .274 with nine homers and got a call-up at the end of the season. Playing in one game, against the Dodgers, he flew out to center field.

In 2005 he played in both Double-A and Triple-A in 2005 and had a brief stay with the Giants in early August. He was recalled again in September and singled as a pinch-hitter against the Padres for his first Major League hit. He also played in five games with the Giants in 2006.

After the 2007 season, he became a minor league free agent and signed a minor league contract with Oakland on November 21, 2007 and was also invited to spring training. After the season he became a free agent and signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, then was released In April. Florida picked him up in May but was released again. Knoedler signed with the Chicago White Sox.

He has a twin brother, Jason, who was also drafted in the 6th round of the 2001 draft by Detroit. He spent his entire minor league career with the Tigers organization from 2001 to 2005 as a outfielder, spent spring training 2006 with the Giants and then asked for his release following an injury.

Knoedler was drafted by the Cardinals in the 41st round of the 1998 amateur draft but didn't sign. He was drafted by the Giants in 2000 in the 13th round and in 2001 in the fifth round and he signed.

He was granted free agency in 2007 and signed with the Oakland Athletics. Granted free agency again in 2008, he signed with the Cardinals.

C Justin Knoedler
Bats- right Throws- right
Height- 6-2 Weight- 210
Born- July 17, 1980 in Springfield, IL
College- Miami University

Year	team	 w-l   era  gm  gs  sv   in   h  bb  so
2000	SF Rook  1-1  1.26  13   0   1  28.2  22  9  38
2008	Oak AAA  0-0  0.00   2   0   0   3.0   1  0   2
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 Totals	    1-1  1.14  15   0   1  31.2  23  9  40

year	team    ave  obp  ops  gm   ab   r   h  2b 3b hr bi  sb
2001  SF Rook  .000 .000 .000  13    0   0   0   0  0  0  0   0  
2002  SF A     .257 .349 .731  86  280  32  72  16  2  5  33  6
2003  SF A+    .257 .326 .749 101  354  48  91  25  2 10  43 13 
2004  Giants   .000 .000 .000   1    1   0   0   0  0  0   0  0
      SF AA    .274 .335 .758 115  406  64 112  28  3  9  47  5
2005  Giants   .100 .182 .282   8   10   0   1   0  0  0   0  0
      SF AA    .300 .417 .717   4   13   0   0   0  0  0   0  0
      SF AAA   .272 .345 .731  85  287  35  78  19  1  4  32  5
2006  Giants   .143 .143 .286   5   7   0   1   0  0  0   0  0
      SF AA    .211 .263 .601  21   71   7  15   6  0  1   8  1
      SF AAA   .253 .319 .714  71  233  32  59  13  4  4  27  4
2007  SF AAA   .288 .346 .916  89  302  44  87  30  2  7  42  7
2008  Oak AAA  .175 .238 .615  67  217  34  38  12  1 10  34  2
2009  FL AAA   .182 .200 .564   9   33   3   6   3  0  1   4  0
     WSox AAA  .222 .222 .564   8   27   3   6   0  0  1   1  0
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 MLB totals   .111 .158 .269  19   18   0   2   0  0  0   0  0
 MiL totals   .255 .322 .729 669 2223 304 567 152 15 52 271 45  		 

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