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Rascals reliever Jason Zgardowski joins St. Louis Cardinals

Jason Zgardowski

The St. Louis Cardinals have purchased the contract of River City Rascals right-handed pitcher Jason Zgardowski.Zgardowski, 23, becomes the second Rascal this season to sign with the Cardinals and third overall to move on to a Major League organization. He reported to a Cardinals affiliate in late July. The bullpen arm left the Rascals with three wins, three saves and a stellar 1.34 ERA through a Frontier League-leading 34 appearances.

His final appearance for the Rascals was one to remember, as he combined with five arms to notch the Rascals’ sixth shutout of the year on Tuesday, July 25, at Lake Erie.

2017 marks the second season that Zgardowski has been in the Rascals bullpen. Highlights from last year include his career-high, nine-strikeout game on July 28, 2016, and earning the win in game one of the Frontier League Divisional Round against the Southern Illinois Miners.

“I am very excited for the adventure. Not many people get a second chance, and I would like to thank the Cardinals organization for giving me that,” Zgardowski said. “I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for the Rascals and my manager, Steve Brook, and the rest of the coaching staff, Josh Ludy and Nick Kennedy.”

“Jason definitely deserves this and has had an unbelievable season for us,” Brook said. “I am happy to see him have the best season of his pro career so far and hope he can extend that with what the Cardinals have in store for him.”

Prior to joining the Rascals, the righty signed as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies out of Angelo State University in 2014, and then spent the beginning of 2016 in the American Association with the Joplin Blasters and the Laredo Lemurs.

Zgardowski will join former Rascal Austin Warner in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He is the second Rascal to have his contract purchased in as many days, with Jimmy Kerrigan en route to the Minnesota Twins Single-A affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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