Redbirds in the MLB

Luke Voit

Redbirds Player 1995-2009

Luke Voit was a member of the St Louis Redbirds from the age of 5 until he graduated High School at 18 years old. Voit was a member of the 2017 Redbirds Hall of Fame class as well as making his major league debut with the St Louis Cardinals. 

Voit attended Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 32nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and attended Missouri State University, where he played college baseball. After his senior year, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Voit started his career as a catcher and made his professional debut with the State College Spikes. He moved to first base in 2014 and played that season and 2015 with the Palm Beach Cardinals. Voit spent 2016 with the Springfield Cardinals, where he posted a .297 batting average with 19 home runs and 74 RBI's. Voit started 2017 with the Memphis Redbirds. On June 25, 2017, the Cardinals promoted Voit to the major leagues. He debuted on the same night of his call-up against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he reached base after being hit by a pitch. Voit started the next day against the Cincinnati Reds and doubled off of Austin Brice for his first hit in an 8-2 win. On July 3, he hit his first major league home run.

David Freese

Redbirds Player 1996-2001

David Freese was a member of Redbirds from 1996 to 2001 when graduating High School. Freese was a member of the Historic 2001 18u team that posted a 54-3 record, along with a 22-0 league record, David was named league MVP. 

 

He began his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was a key player during the 2011 postseasonbatting.545 with 12 hits in the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS). He also set an MLB postseason record of 21 runs batted in(RBIs), earning the NLCS MVP Award and World Series MVP Award. In addition, Freese won the Babe Ruth Award, naming him the MVP of the 2011 MLB postseason.

A star high school player, Freese declined a college baseball scholarship from the University of Missouri. Needing a break from baseball, he sat out his freshman year of college before feeling a renewed urge to play the game. He transferred to St. Louis Community College–Meramec, a junior college, where he played for one season before transferring to the University of South Alabama. The San Diego Padresselected Freese in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB draft.

The Cardinals acquired Freese before the 2008 season. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day 2009 due to an injury to starting third baseman Troy Glaus. Despite suffering his own injuries in the minor leagues and in his first two MLB seasons, Freese batted .297 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs during the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship season. The next season, he batted .293 with 20 home runs and was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game. Freese authored a 20-game hitting streak in 2013, but back injuries limited his effectiveness, and the Cardinals traded him to the Angels following the season. He played for the Angels for two seasons before signing with the Pirates in March 2016.

 

Ryan Howard

Redbird Player 1995-1999

Ryan howard was a member of the Redbirds Organization from 1995-1999. While a member of the Redbirds Howard played on some of the best teams in organization history and ranks top 5 all time in numerous offensive categories. Ryan was inducted into the Redbird Hall of Fame inaugural class of 2005

Currently a player from the Atlanta Braves, Howard previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2004 to 2016. Howard stands 6 feet 4 inches and weighs 240 pounds . He bats and throws left-handed. Howard holds numerous MLB and Phillies' franchise records.

Howard made his MLB debut in 2004. He won the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year Award in 2005 and the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 2006. He is a three-time NL All-Star (2006, 2009, 2010), and has won the Silver Slugger AwardHank Aaron Award, and the NL Championship Series MVP Award in 2009. Known for his power, Howard is a member of the 50 home run club. He is a two-time NL home run champion (2006, 2008), and became the fastest player to reach both the 100 and 200 home run milestones in MLB history, passing the marks in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Matt Buschmann

Redbirds Player 1997-2002

Matt Buschmann was a member of the Redbirds from 1997-2002. When graduating Buschmann was the all time winningest pitching in Redbirds history and a member of the 2006 Hall of Fame Class.

Buschmann attended Lafayette High School in Wildwood, Missouri, and then Vanderbilt University, where he played college baseball for the Vanderbilt Commodores primarily as a relief pitcher his first three seasons. He was 5-2 with 5 saves and a 3.86 ERA as a freshman at Vanderbilt in 2003 and participated in a combined perfect game in May, then 8-1 with 2 saves and a 2.84 ERA as a sophomore in 2004. He helped lead the team to the 2004 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament finals, though the club was beaten by South Carolina. In 2005, he was 4-3 with a 3.47 ERA and a save. In his senior year, 2006, Buschmann was 3-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 7 starts. Overall, he was 20-9 with a 3.50 ERA in 79 games (26 starts) in his four-year collegiate career. He helped lead Vanderbilt to the 2006 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, with the team losing to Ole Miss in the finals. He was also named to the SEC Baseball Good Works Team that year.

Buschmann was drafted in the 15th round of the 2006 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres, was signed by scout Ash Lawson, and began his professional career that year. He split the summer between the Eugene Emeralds and Lake Elsinore Storm, going a combined 4-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 17 games (12 starts). With the Storm again in 2007, he was 12-6 with a 2.89 ERA in 28 games (25 starts). He was California League Post-Season All-Star and earned two Pitcher of the Week honors that season. In 2008, he was 10-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 27 starts for the San Antonio Missions and earned a spot on the Texas League's Mid- and Post-Season All-Star squads. He was, according to The Baseball Cube, the best pitcher in the league that season.

In 2009, split between the Missions and Triple-A Portland Beavers. In his first trial at Triple-A, he was 3-10 with a 6.18 ERA. In 2010, Buschmann was 2-6 with a 5.01 ERA in 40 games (9 starts) between the Missions and Beavers. He had 94 strikeouts in 91.2 innings that year, the first time in his career he averaged more than a strikeout per inning. In 2011, he was 12-6 with a 6.16 ERA in 32 games (22 starts) between San Antonio and the Tucson Padres, San Diego's new Triple-A club.

The Washington Nationals selected him in the Double-A portion of the Rule 5 Draft, though the team traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations in April 2012. He pitched for the Montgomery Biscuits and Triple-A Durham Bulls in 2012 and went 7-8 with a 3.98 ERA in 26 games (24 starts). In May, he earned a Southern League Pitcher of the Week honor.[8] With Montgomery and Durham again in 2013, he went 14-5 with a 2.86 ERA in 29 games (28 starts), striking out 167 batters in 160.2 innings. He became a free-agent following the 2013 campaign and signed with the Oakland Athletics.[9] He went 10-7 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) for the Sacramento River Cats; he also had 134 strikeouts in 143.1 innings. He re-signed with Oakland for 2015, but was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash before the season began. After posting a 6-5 record with a 3.89 ERA for the Durham Bulls, he was released in June and signed by the Cincinnati Reds. He made started nine games for the Louisville Bats and went 2-5 with a 4.25 ERA. On August 11, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for cash and made one start for the Norfolk Tides, their Triple-A club. He was 8-10 with a 4.08 ERA in 23 starts that year. In August of that year, he was a guest columnist for ESPN.com, penning an article called "What baseball might look like in the year 2045." Adam Sobsey of Grantland.com wrote a feature piece on Buschmann in August, as well, asking "will the minor league strikeout king ever reach the majors?" 

 

He became a free agent following the season and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for 2016. He earned an invitation to major league spring training.

On April 7, 2016, Buschmann was promoted to the major leagues for the first time after pitcher Kyle Drabek was designated for assignment.He made his major league debut on April 10, 2016, facing the Chicago Cubs. He pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning.

In March 2017, Buschmann signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, and was assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

Bert "Scarborough" Green

Redbirds Player 1988-1991

Scarborough Green was a member of the Redbirds from 1988-1991. While playing with the Redbirds Green earned multiple All Star nominations and won a league MVP. 

Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 10th round of the 1992 MLB amateur draft, Green made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on August 2, 1997, and he appeared in his final game on October 1, 2000.

Green was notable for his role as a replacement player during spring training prior to the 1995 season. Replacement players took over for professional baseball players when the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) went on strike. The strike was resolved at the end of spring training. Green returned to Major League Baseball with the Cardinals in 1997; however, he was blacklisted and not permitted to join the MLBPA.

Green set a Texas Rangers team record with 5 stolen bases in one game on September 28, 2000. The record stands to this day.

Following his career in baseball, Green pursued a collegiate football career at NCAA Division II Harding University. Green transferred to Division III McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, to play football.

While serving as the football team's punterwide receiver, and in other positions, Green participated in track and field for McMurry. Green had a strong leg in the 2007 National Champion McMurry University 4x100 relay team, and he added to his All-American titles by running in the 4x400 relay.

He is now the Wide Receivers coach at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. Green was recently hired to be the running backs coach at Brownwood High School. Green was then hired at Greenville High School in Texas to coach Football and Baseball. Although he will be coaching soccer for the 2011-2012 school year and 2012-2013 school year. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, Green has been employed as a speech teacher and assistant girls soccer coach ar Midland High School in Midland, TX.

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