Faced with the loss of first baseman Matt Adams for the remainder of the season, the St. Louis Cardinals again went outside the organization for a replacement. The Cards have purchased the contract of first baseman Brock Peterson from the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. The 28-year-old has been assigned to Memphis of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
Peterson led the league with 21 home runs and a .563 slugging percentage, ranking second with 68 RBI, third with 46 extra-base hits, and fourth with 62 runs scored and 192 total bases. He recorded a .293 batting average with 21 doubles in 94 games for the Bluefish. He was also with Bridgeport last season, when the right-handed batter hit .272 with 11 home runs, 18 doubles, 31 RBI, and 41 runs scored over 71 contests.
The Washington state resident was originally selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 49th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. He reached as high as the Triple-A level with Rochester in 2008-2010. Over his 10-year career, Peterson holds a .271 batting average with 141 home runs, 567 RBI and 581 runs scored in 1,049 contests.
Peterson has crossed paths with the Cardinals before as he joined the Twins for the opening exhibition series of new Target Field in April 2010, when he had two RBI against St. Louis. Earlier, he was a Midwest League All-Star with Quad Cities in 2005 when the club was affiliated with Minnesota and also played against St. Louis affiliates in the Appalachian and Florida State Leagues.
Peterson becomes the ninth veteran minor league position player brought in by the Cardinals to bolster the rosters of Memphis and Double-A Springfield since the 2012 regular season began and is the third in the last two weeks alone.
He follows Cedric Hunter, Lou Montanez, Jamie Romak, Mitch Canham, Aaron Bates, Lance Zawadzki, Jake Shaffer and Ray Kruml. Canham and Bates have since been released and Shaffer retired.
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