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Former SEMO baseball star signs with CardinalsPosted Sunday, December 9, 2012, at 8:59 PM
Former SEMO baseball standout Justin Christian has signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The 32-year-old outfielder played in the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants parts of the past two seasons, although he was not on their 2012 playoff roster when they won the World Series. He also appeared in the majors with the New York Yankees in 2008.
Christian has put up impressive minor league numbers but has never received a consistent big-league opportunity.
Christian has a career .203 major-league batting average -- including nine doubles, 12 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 16 attempts -- spanning 76 games and 155 plate appearances. He hit .250 with the Yankees in 2008 and .255 with the Giants in 2011 but batted just .125 for the Giants in 2012.
The speedy native of the San Francisco Bay Area has batted .310 during seven seasons on the Class AAA level. His Class AAA totals include a .370 on-base percentage, 86 doubles, 16 triples, 27 home runs and 115 stolen bases while being caught just 17 times.
Christian played only one season at SEMO after transferring from Auburn in 2003. He batted .376 with 13 home runs, 12 doubles, 48 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in 20 attempts while playing second base. He was the OVC rookie of the year and was selected to a pair of All-American teams.
Christian, who was not drafted, originally began his pro career in the independent Frontier League before hooking up with an affiliated organization.
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