Ex-minor-leaguer from O'Fallon found dead

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Associated Press

Posted on September 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a former minor-league baseball player from suburban St. Louis whose body was found in a creek.

Police say 24-year-old Kent Gerst of O'Fallon, Mo., was reported missing Sunday afternoon. KSDK-TV (http://on.ksdk.com/PbrCuk ) reports that his body was found hours later in a creek in O'Fallon.

The cause of death remains under investigation, but authorities believe he fell from a small bluff.

Gerst was a 2006 draft pick of the Chicago White Sox who made it as high as Triple-A before being released. He later signed with the Gateway Grizzlies, an independent minor-league team in Sauget, Ill. He hit .228 in 36 games for the Grizzlies in 2011.

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Information from: KSDK-TV, http://www.ksdk.com

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