St. Louis Cardinals Sign Chris Gibson to Minor League Contract
Dec. 13, 2007
By Patrick Clark
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Wednesday, December 12, 2007) - The St. Louis Cardinals announced the signing of former Redhawks baseball player Chris Gibson to a minor league contract for the 2008 season. The Cardinals purchased Gibson's contract from the Gateway Grizzlies of the Independent Frontier League for whom Gibson played the 2007 season for.
Gibson played outfield for the Redhawks for two seasons after transferring from Pratt Community College in Kansas. During his first season as a Redhawk in 2005 Gibson played in 46 games starting 29 of those contests. He batted .225 with 20 RBIs and showed great discipline at the plate, striking out a team-low 20 times in 121 plate appearances. He finished third on the team with six stolen bases in only eight attempts.
In 2006 Gibson batted .220 playing in 35 games (20 starts) while driving in 12. In 91 plate appearances he only struck out 15 times. He tied for the team lead in stolen bases with nine in 11 attempts.
Along with his plate discipline, Gibson is also known for his fielding prowess. During his Redhawks career he committed only three errors in 119 chances for a .975 fielding percentage.
Last season with the Grizzlies Gibson batted .260 with five doubles, one homerun and 15 RBIs in 61 games. The 6-2, 210 pound left-handed hitter appeared at five different positions for the Grizzlies last season.
"Chris had attended a workout with the Cardinals prior to the 2004 draft and was a player that we had considered drafting that year, but ultimately felt he was better served by further developing his tools," Cardinals Director of Minor League Operations John Vuch said. "We saw definite improvement from his time spent with the Grizzlies and feel that he is now much more prepared to successfully move into our minor league system."
Gibson, a native of Bellevue, Nebraska and son of Cardinals great and Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson was originally drafted out of high school by the Cardinals during the 2002 Major League Amatuer Draft.
Gibson will attend the organization's Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida in February.