04/16/05 - Midwest League (MWL) Swing of the Quad Cities
The St. Louis Cardinals Saturday made a series of player moves to bolster the struggling offense of the Swing of the Quad Cities. The Cardinals activated infielder/outfielder Joe Mather to the Swing from the disabled list, and signed independent league player Derry Hammond and assigned him to Quad Cities. To make room for the new players, outfielder Andy Brown has been released, and outfielder Sam Herbert has been transferred to short-season New Jersey.
A 22-year-old from Phoenix, Mather was selected in the third round of the 2001 draft. He spent much of the 2004 season with the Cardinals' former Midwest League affiliate in Peoria, batting .253 with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 65 games. For his career, Mather owns a .240 batting average with 22 home runs in 240 minor league games.
25-year-old outfielder Derry Hammond has signed with the Cardinals after playing with Bangor of the independent Northeast League in 2004. He batted .287 with 23 home runs and 66 RBI for the Lumberjacks. A former third-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2001 draft, Hammond has 203 Midwest League games under his belt, and batted .249 with 36 home runs and 123 RBI while playing the 1999 and 2001 seasons with Beloit. In 538 minor league games in both affiliated and independent baseball, Hammond has 113 career home runs.
Brown has been released after going 3-for-17 with nine strikeouts in seven games for the Swing. Herbert had also gone 3-for-17 in five games for the Swing, driving home two runs.
The Swing roster currently stands at 25 active players, the maximum allowed by the Midwest League.