Former Cardinals minor league pitcher of the year P.J. Walters now toils for the Minnesota Twins organization, pitching for their top farm club, the Rochester Red Wings.
In three starts so far this season, Walters is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He's allowed 17 hits in 16 innings while striking out 12 and walking two.
Now 27 years old, Walters reached the majors with St. Louis in 2009 but was never able to settle in with the big league roster. In 19 games over parts of three years, Walters had a 2-0 record with a 7.38 ERA with the Cardinals.
Last season, Walters was traded in the Colby Rasmus deal to the Blue Jays where he pitched one inning with one strikeout and no runs allowed. He was released at the end of the season and signed with the Twins organization.
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Another former St. Louis hurler is also a member of the Rochester pitching Staff.
Brad Thompson, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2010 when he was with the Royals, missed all of the 2011 campaign with an arm injury. He was signed by the Twins organization in January and made one appearance in spring training in which he got two outs between four hits and four earned runs before he left with a 54.00 ERA.
Thompson then went back on the shelf and remains on the Red Wings' disabled list.