R.J. Swindle, who set Charleston Southern records for wins and strikeouts, was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday after appearing in 13 games for their Triple-A team in Memphis this season.
The Vancouver native had gone 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA this season, his 9th as a professional. He was signed by the Cardinals in the offseason after spending the last 2 years in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
Swindle was a 14th round choice of the Red Sox in 2004 after going 21-13 in 3 seasons with the Buccaneers which included winning Big South Pitcher of the Year in 2003. He's also spent time with the Yankees, Phillies, Brewers and Indians organizations. He had 2 brief stints in the Majors with the Phillies in 2008 and the Brewers in 2009.