Gary Brown is now with his third organization in a month, as the Angels have claimed the 26-year-old former first-round draft pick off waivers from the Cardinals.
St. Louis previously claimed Brown off waivers from San Francisco when the Giants decided to give up hope on the one-time top prospect who made his MLB debut last season.
Brown was a college star and hit very well in the low minors, but struggled against more experienced competition thanks to his poor plate discipline and strike zone control. He’s a .248 hitter with a .684 OPS in 282 total games at Triple-A, but Brown is a good defensive outfielder with lots of speed.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).