CARDINALS SELECT ERIK KOMATSU IN THE MLB RULE 5 DRAFT;
OUTFIELDER WAS BREWERS 2010 MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DALLAS, Texas., December 8, 2011 –The St. Louis Cardinals selected outfielder Erik Komatsu from the Washington Nationals’ Syracuse affiliate in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft today.
Komatsu (ko-MAHT-su), 24, split the 2011 season between Double-A affiliates of the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals batting .277 with seven home runs, 48 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
The 5-foot-10, 175 lb., right-handed hitting prospect was originally drafted by the Brewers in the eighth round of the 2008 first-year player draft out of Cal-State Fullerton. He has a career minor league batting average of .302 compiled over four seasons covering 348 games and 1298 at bats.
Komatsu had a breakout season in 2010 as the Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year, batting .323 with five home runs, 63 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 130 games at Class-A Brevard County of the Florida...