The St. Louis Cardinals have signed middle infielder/outfielder Freddie Bynum to a minor league contract. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter first reached the majors with the 2005 Oakland A’s and also appeared with the 2006 Cubs and 2007-08 Baltimore Orioles. Bynum has a career line of .234/.275/.379 in 377 plate appearances over 188 games.
Perhaps most known most as a shortstop but also able to play second base and the outfield, the former second round pick of the Orioles in 2000 spent the 2009 season in the Washington Nationals system, primarily in Double-A. Bynum was prepared to report to camp in 2010 with the Chicago White Sox but was released in February to sign with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan’s Pacific League.
In 2010, Bynum appeared in just 16 games, getting 29 at-bats in his season in Japan. His line was .138/.207/.138. In December, the Buffaloes announced Bynum would not be asked back for 2011 after negotiations on a new contract reportedly broke down.
Speed and versatility are Bynum’s most prevalent assets. The utilityman has not hit lefties well in his MLB trials (.167 average in 60 plate appearances) and is considered a streaky hitter.
Bynum offers the upper levels of Cardinals system proven middle infield depth, an area in which they have no prospects in our 2011 Cardinals top 40 above A ball other than second baseman Daniel Descalso and shortstop Pete Kozma. Earlier in the week, St. Louis signed a more experienced veteran infielder, Ramon Vazquez, to a minor league deal with a spring training camp invitation.
To view the entire St. Louis Cardinals system from top to bottom by position and level, check out the Roster Matrix at The Cardinal Nation Blog.
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