ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals announced three roster moves Wednesday, adding catcher Cody Stanley to the 40-man roster, granting Shane Robinson is outright release and outrighting Keith Butler to triple-A Memphis.
The 25-year-old Stanley hit .283 with 12 homers in Springfield last season, catching 42 percent of runners on his way to the Texas League All Star Game. He also played well in the Arizona Fall League, driving in 12 runs and posting a .292 average with four doubles.
Stanley, a lefty, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by the Cardinals. In 405 games over five season in the minors, he’s posted a slash of .274/.323/.415. With Tony Cruz eligible for arbitration and mid-season acquisition A.J. Pyrzynski a free agent, Stanley is, for the moment, the only known quantity at catcher behind Yadier Molina.
Butler threw in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2013, and appeared to be set for steady bullpen work last season. Instead, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and was lost for the season to Tommy John surgery in May. Though he relies on his sinker, Butler generates swings and misses with a tailing fastball as well, despite topping out in the low nineties.
Robinson’s time in the organization was marred by injuries, often cutting short hard-earned opportunities at the big league level. He capitalized in the 2013 NLCS when he sparked the Cardinal rout in Game 6, but only played in 47 games in 2014. He was lost for the season when he suffered a shoulder sublexation on the road in Pittsburgh.