Here are today’s minor moves:
- Former Cardinals farmhand Robert Stock was the first pick in this year’s independent Frontier League draft, the league announced. The right-hander and former second-round pick topped out at High-A in his career in affiliated ball but worked to a 4.17 ERA with 151 strikeouts in 172 2/3 innings. Of course, he also walked 120 in that time, demonstrating some control problems that likely hampered his advancement through the St. Louis organization. The full list of draftees is available in the above link, with several former Minor Leaguers appearing on the list.
- Former Rangers righty Doug Mathis is headed to Taiwan to join the Uni-President Lions, MLBTR’s Steve Adams tweets. The 31-year-old saw action at the major league level from 2008-10, working to a 4.84 ERA over 87 1/3 innings. Mathis has spent most of his time since at Triple-A with several organizations. All said, across parts of eight seasons at the highest level of the minors, Mathis owns a 4.24 ERA with 6.1 K/9 against 3.6 BB/9 over 592 innings.