St. Louis Cardinals select Tyler Waldron in 2014 Rule 5 Draft


At last week’s Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego, the St. Louis Cardinals selected right-handed pitcher Tyler Waldron from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA phase of the 2014 Rule 5 Draft.

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The Cardinals did not lose any of the minor leaguers that the organization had made available for the Rule 5 Draft but in selecting Waldron from the Pirates’ system, they added to the club’s pitching depth. Because he was selected during the minor league portion of the draft, he will not be required to be on the big league roster all season in order to stay with the Cardinals.

Pitching in three levels this past season and reaching AAA, Waldron posted a 3-3 record with a 3.00 ERA in 23 appearances, including four starts. The bulk of Waldron’s appearances came at the AAA level.

Waldron, 25, pitched at three levels in 2014, topping out at Class AAA and going 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 23 games overall.

The California native was originally drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 38th round of the 2007 MLB Draft from Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley, California. He opted to pursue a collegiate baseball career and the Pittsburgh Pirates came calling by selecting him in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB Draft from Oregon State University.