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Cardinals acquire Cedric Hunter from Oakland

The Cardinals have acquired the former top prospect of the San Diego Padres organization, center fielder Cedric Hunter.

Hunter, who was a third round draft pick in 2006, has four major league at-bats under his belt and has scored one major league run -- which came against the Cardinals last season.

The 24 year old is a .291 career hitter in the minors including two seasons and change at Class AAA where he batted .261 with a total of six home runs and 14 stolen bases. 

Hunter was claimed off waivers from the Padres by the Athletics in October. The Cardinals picked him up from Oakland for future considerations. He'll be assigned to Class AAA Memphis.

According to reports, Hunter has very quick hands and a ton of ability to make contact. But he's got almost no power potential, which makes it hard to project him as a major league outfielder. He's also considered to be a defensive liability with an average arm and poor outfield instincts. He's described as "quick but not fast" and doesn't have much ability to steal bases according to his minor league numbers. In the last two seasons between Class AA and Class AAA, he's stolen 18 bases while being caught 12 times.