Cards Claim Sinkerball Specialist Augenstein

The St. Louis Cardinals added RHP Bryan Augenstein via waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals were awarded the waiver claim of right-handed pitcher Bryan Augenstein from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Augenstein, 24, went a combined 6-9 with a 6.49 ERA in 25 games (22 starts) with Reno (Triple-A) and Mobile (Double-A) this past season, making all but three of his appearances with the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Augenstein fanned 110 batters in 129 innings pitched and walked just 38.

In 2009, Augenstein was 5-0 with a 0.99 ERA in nine starts for Mobile before making his Major League debut on May 13 at the age of 22, as he temporarily replaced injured Yusmeiro Petit in the D'Backs' rotation. His MLB ERA is 7.94 over seven games and 17 innings.

Here at, Augenstein won 2008 FutureBacks Pitcher of the Year honors by leading the organization with a 2.75 ERA. He was a Midwest League (Class A) All-Star that summer.

Augenstein has what was considered one of the best sinkers in Arizona's system and reportedly throws it with exceptional accuracy. This year, he was rated by Baseball America in 2010 as the Best Control Pitcher in the Diamondbacks' organization.

The former University of Florida standout (2005-07) was a seventh-round selection by Arizona in the 2007 amateur draft. Over four minor league seasons, Augenstein has a 20-21 record with a 4.16 ERA and a 290:74 strikeout to walk ratio over 363 1/3 innings and 74 games.

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