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 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.
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.
The Cardinals acquired Freese before the 2008 season. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day2009 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.
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.
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. 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. 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?"
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.
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.
While serving as the football team's punter, wide 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.